ART SQUARED GALLERY
The Art Squared Gallery is a partnership between the Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center and the Downtown LA Art Community. This successful ongoing project is spearheaded by Mark Walsh, a well-known Los Angeles artist. The Gallery showcases large 2D vinyl prints and 3D sculptures located in the south side of the venue. Artists from Downtown Los Angeles and other south land art communities donate their work to be viewed at the park. Vinyl art work is available for purchase through the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board.
The Pershing Square mural program began last summer with a large 33 X 15 foot mural located on the corner of 5th St and Olive. Our inaugural mural was created by artist Andre Mirapolski and called Sharks on Pershing Square. Andre also created The Pershing Square City Scape mural which hung on Olive Street during the community room construction.
Another art group working in conjunction with the Art Squared Gallery is Nightshade. The group has created several works on the corner of 6th and Olive for various Pershing Square programs including The War on Poverty and You Don’t Have to Believe for It to Work. This summer Nightshade will be creating an artistic chalk activation and the venue entrance for each Downtown Stage concert. Take a moment to visit the Nightshade web site www.nightshade.art or www.naomipitcairn.com.
Pershing Square also works with many other talented artists hosting sculptures and art events. June 3 the venue will be hosting the i3 Art Fest which will be activating Downtown LA with interactive, immersive and innovative art. The venue will also be hosting a Park Advisory Board sponsored metal art piece designed by Mark Wash called the Diamond Project.
Pershing Square also looks forward to continuing with other kinetic art works similar to last year’s Liquid Shard by Patrick Shearn.
Every January a no super skills required faux hockey league is offered on the Downtown Ice Rink. All you need is an 8 person team and a pair of tennis shoes. Pershing Square supplies the rest of the equipment – brooms, rubber ball and hockey nets supplied. With the city’s skyscrapers as your backdrop, it’s the ultimate power play where the laughs keep the score in check. Elimination rounds progress two teams to the finals. The Championship match awards the winning team the coveted “Pseudo Stanley Cup” and team jackets. Sign up early to reserve your spot. For more information contact Gus Sedano 213.847.4970 or 213.486.1645
CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA
The Pershing Square children's play area is open 7 days a week with fun safe equipment. There are two playgrounds located on the south end of the park. Try out the Spider Man web climb or the giant swing. Younger children will also find fun activities in " Little Kids Play Area". The play area is a collaborative effort between the Recreation Department and the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board.
A Chess Terrace game area located on the north west corner of the venue is available with game pieces and chairs available for loan from the recreation office. Wi-Fi is available for free to the public.
Dodgeball is a popular game and easy to learn if you have never played. At Pershing Square, games are played in the breeezeway and side patio on cement. Balls are placed along the center line to start off the game. Following the official’s signal, teams rush to retrieve balls. The goal is to eliminate players on the other team by hitting them with a ball. Players can also get opposing players out by catching a ball that they throw.
The Farmers Market includes over 50 booths offering a variety of fresh, local produce, and food offerings every Wednesday from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Specialty items such as jewelry and clothing are also available for purchase. The market allows the community another opportunity to meet friends and neighbors at Pershing Square. It also extends a welcome atmosphere to our farming community in other parts of Los Angeles. For information on the Farmers market please contact Melissa Farwell (661)600-5382.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS
Food Truck Friday is a tasty way to wind up your work week with friends and co-workers. Located on the south side of the Square a variety of foods are offered by our friends from Curbside bites. This summer grab a bite and meet us on the lawn for live music. Tables, chairs and shade will be available.
MOBILE YOUTH PROGRAM
The Pershing Square Mobile Youth Program is a quality outreach program for underserved children and their families in the downtown Los Angeles area. A team of recreation professional pack vans with arts & crafts, toys, sports equipment and study tools every Monday Wednesday and Friday and do outreach programs. Mobile Youth runs 2-5PM at no cost to those attending these after school activities. The Pershing Square Mobile Youth Team has had a great impact on the neighborhoods it serves. Staff may be identified by team shirts, Pershing Square pop up tents and an official Recreation and Parks vehicle. Currently programs are being held at the following pocket parks: Julian Dixon, Hope and Peace, Prospect Park and Unidad Park. For information on the Pershing Square Mobile Youth program call Gus Sedano at (213)485-1645.
UR-BIN GARDEN PROGRAM
The Downtown Los Angeles Ur-Bin Garden Network is a community volunteer group that works with the Pershing Square Staff in a beautification program in the form of a vertical garden on several west facing walls along the Northeast perimeter of the park. This is an ongoing program that has changed the landscape of Pershing Square.
Pershing Square offers free yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7–8PM. This is a beginning class including opening moves like sun salute, downward dog, high lunge and plank pose. The class is held on the Pershing Square labyrinth lawn in spring/summer and in the winter the class moves indoors to the community room. All participants are requested to bring their own mat or towel to exercise on.Click here for flyer