Crossed Currents Taken Down for Restoration – Sculpture Will Return Newly Lit

Don Merkt’s 28 foot high, 4 ton sculpture Crossed Currents, is being restored after more than 20 years. Using funds from the 1% (developers’ fees) for the Art in Public Places Program designated for maintenance and restoration, that’s exactly what the City is doing. And it’s a big job!

This stunning homage to Ballona Creek and the Tongva peoples living nearby, takes the form of a giant water jug dripping over the creek, complete with steel mesh water bubbles. It sits at the entrance to the City’s Transportation facility on Duquesne Avenue just north of Jefferson Blvd. The smaller partner sculpture has already been restored to its original shiny steel, and the fountain has a new pump and lights. You can walk by and take a look.

Stay tuned for the “big reveal” when the sculpture is returned newly powder-coated, with new LED lamps alight at night. The latest nanotechnology will be used to seal the metals and resist water and corrosion. End result: You can enjoy this public artwork for another 20 years!

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