The colors — blue and yellow — of the building almost completed on the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood might lead one to think that Sweden has reconsidered the decision it made five years ago to close its Los Angeles consulate.
On the other hand the silvery fronds that recently grew out of the corner of the building facing the Santa Monica and La Brea intersection are likely to conjure up images of a more supernatural force.
Those fronds are part of an art installation called “Corner Glory” designed by the Ball-Nogues Studio of Los Angeles for the corner of the Dylan apartment building (named, by the way, for Dylan Thomas).
“Its presence invites us into a dialog about this particular corner,” Ball-Nogues says on its website. What is happening here? What is special about this building and corner? What took place here? It transforms the corner into a gateway without creating a boundary line.”
Indeed, the Dylan does sit at the eastern gateway to West Hollywood, whose border ends just across La Brea Avenue. It is slated to open later this summer with 184 units. The Dylan is a project of Monarch Builders and Essex Property Trust, which earlier this year opened the Huxley, a 187-unit apartment building on La Brea at Fountain Avenue.
The Ball-Nogues description goes on to suggest that the installation reflects the personality of West Hollywood in other ways: “The work can also be read as an urban-scaled feather boa, the 70’s and 80’s fashion pop icon of gender ambiguity and flamboyance.”