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Using the Curve to Full Advantage

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 10:41PM
Met Lofts Light Show Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Standing in the plaza at LA Live the other night, Ed and I were both struck by how well the red light show on the side of Met Lofts integrates into the visual performance that LA Live creates. Though a block away, the building fits right into the visual canvas being created, and is framed by the curvature of 11th street as it connects into Figueroa. I'm sure that wasn't just an accident.

The same sort of framing from afar occurs on 9th street as you head east from Figueroa. The curve of the street perfectly opens your view to the rooftop signage of the Orpheum Theatre on Broadway, which appears to be straight in front of you. It's a treat that Downtown's typically straight roads rarely give, but one that is certainly worth noticing when it occurs.


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