Joseph Young’s six-story, 60-ton public artwork Triforium is turning 40 this month, and to mark the occasion a celebration will kick off a fund-raising campaign to restore the DTLA landmark to its former glory and install some much needed updates.
On Friday December 11 (4:00pm – 8:00pm) join The Triforium Project for a picnic, DJ sets from dublab, history tours, special speakers and free birthday cake, courtesy of Charm City Cakes.
Speaking at the celebration is Leslie Young, daughter of Triforium artist Joseph Young, and architectural historian Daniel Paul. In addition rare tours will be given to the usually off-limits Triforium control room.
A “polyphonoptic” kinetic sculpture, designed in 1975 for $950,000, the Triforium is made up of 1,494 multicolored glass cubes that illuminate in synchrony to music from a 79-note glass bell carillon.
Today the sculpture stands in Fletcher-Bowron Square, near Grand Park, flanked by a bike lane and hidden in the shadows of City Hall.
The launch of the Triforium was riddled with computer problems, and criticized by art critics and the public alike, but hopes are that some contemporary technological improvements and little love might give it a new life.
Supporters of the Triforium will all gather on the corner of Temple and Main, the base of Triforium staring at 4:00pm on December 11, 2015.