Ari Kletzky

Islands of LA

Los Angeles

2007 to present

Although you may not notice them, artist Ari Kletzky sees traffic islands everywhere in his city. Surmising that these miscellaneous bits of public land add up to a sizable territory, he started an art project in which he installs official-looking signs declaring these undistinguished plots a part of the Islands of LA National Park. An ongoing project to activate underutilized public space, Islands of LA includes an online map of traffic islands that Kletzky considers suitable for public gatherings. He describes them as “highly visible places of public intimacy,” and possible places for “unrestricted peaceable gatherings,” from protests to picnics to art exhibits.

Community, Information, Pleasure
Problem - unused urban space
Solution - promote traffic islands as community resource