A Day In L.A., Washington Blvd Art Concert: Islands Anyone?

Islands Anyone? is a project for the A Day in LA: Washington Blvd Art Concert that invites everyone to visit traffic islands along Washington Blvd.  The map below is of all the traffic islands on Washington Blvd where groups ranging in size from ~5 – 30 people, depending on the island, can gather and engage in expressive conduct at any time without a fee or permit.  There are 3 exceptions on the map (1, 2, 3) and, on Washington Blvd, there are many more small and/or inaccessible islands. For additional information on the use of traffic islands, please visit: background on visiting an island, top reasons to visit an island, commonly asked questions and Island Law.  

Locations by intersection, listed from West to East:

  • Fairfax Blvd: SE, SW, N – the SE island is one of the largest islands on Washington Blvd and the only one that has parking
  • Apple St: freeway offramp and border between Culver City and Mid-City
  • Hauser Blvd: this island has a bus stop
  • Pickford St: these islands are landscaped and perfect for those seeking an idealized, miniaturized nature hike/scenery experience
  • West Blvd: this island has a bus stop
  • La Salle Ave: this island is across the street from a check cashing store with a pair of female mannequins provocatively gesturing towards each other
  • Normandie Ave: the second largest island, this is actually a peninsula, and it has the most pedestrian traffic of the islands on Washington Blvd, it also has a bus stop
  • S Flower: the street level satellite image of this island appears to show a person on the ground, with another bent over them
  • E 23rd St: a lovely, triangular concrete island where you can enjoy some sun in an industrial area of downtown
  • Industrial Way: a triangular concrete island in an industrial area of southern Boyle Heights
  • S Grand Vista: a narrow median too small for assembly but with a look-out point for those willing to traverse a most narrow path
  • 5 Freeway: West of southbound offramp, between southbound offramp & 5 freeway, between southbound onramp and 5 freeway
  • 605 Freeway: very large islands between onramp and offramp, between onramp and freeway
  • Whittier Blvd: NW, N, SThis is one end of Washington Blvd where it turns into Whittier Blvd.  These are large islands.  There are a couple other small islands here, some are at the intersection but along Whittier Blvd. The island to the north of Washington Blvd is not accessible from Washington Blvd.  You have to follow it down Whittier to the intersection of Whittier Blvd and Pacific Pl.


Washington Blvd through the lens of its traffic islands suitable for public assembly – a slideshow view of Washington Blvd through the lens of traffic islands.  Most of the islands in the slideshow are suitable for public assembly and included in the map above.  Slideshow is 6:30 minutes.

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6 responses to “A Day In L.A., Washington Blvd Art Concert: Islands Anyone?”

  1. Faith Purvey and Andrew Clinco will construct a temporary art gallery on the traffic island at Washington and Hauser Blvds on Saturday, October 11 from noon to dusk. The “gallery” will feature artwork generated on site and in the neighborhood, by kids, people waiting at the bus stop, etc. “Islands Anyone?” is an Islands of LA project that invites everyone to visit, share and schedule a temporary use of traffic islands for assembly and expressive conduct as part of the Washington Blvd Art Concert.

  2. A group of us will meet at the island at Industrial Way. The collaboration will result in the transformation of a traffic island from dumping site to monument. Located near a recycling center and dump site, this island has a no dumping sign that clearly no one pays attention to. Here is a before image. Join us on twitter for the weekend at islandmonument to keep up with our progress and to make suggestions for island improvements. Collaborating artists are Karen Atkinson, Cindy Bravo, Bernard Brunon and Nancy Ganacheau.

  3. As part of the Washington Blvd Art Concert, I will be hosting Recess at the corner (traffic island) of Fairfax and Washington Blvd.

    Come join us for hopscotch, sidewalk chalking, and hula hoops!!

  4. Links to three pics of my son and his buddy on their visit to Fort Hauser:

    Thanks for creating this event!

  5. At Hauser and Washington Blvd. we met Andrew and Faith. They had constructed a gallery (named the Fort Hauser Gallery) and converted the existing bus shelter into a temporary studio, complete with tables and art materials. They invited all island visitors to make art to be hung in the Fort Hauser Gallery. Here is a photo of Faith and Andrew standing next to our displayed drawings.


    Here’s another photo of the temporary studio that Faith and Andrew made out of the bus shelter at the Hauser island. The area was shaded and we sat on the bus benches facing away from the street, inward toward the island’s center. There were two work tables supplied with ample art materials. In this photo we have just finished our drawings and Eddie is looking at a map that this other island visitor handed him.

    Thank you, Andrew and Faith, for the art island afternoon and also for hanging our work in your gallery.


  6. Here is an after image