Our Saturdays are all about exploration. Specially in the new normal under the current pandemic, we will have to get out to nature as much as we can to take good care of our wellness physically and mentally. Since locked-down in March, we haven’t been to DTLA. We decided to have a morning hiking in Historic State Park and go to visit new Proper Hotel in DTLA. Here is our little weekend journey.
State Historic Park
Saturday’s visit to SHP is our first time . We were really amazed by this 34-acres park , where rail-yards thrilled long time ago. Often referred to as “Central Park of Los Angeles,” the park occupies acreage just north of Chinatown between the L.A. River and the Elysian Hills, where pobladores who journeyed from Mexico and later arrivals from Europe, Asia and the United States drew their water. It was where, beginning in 1876, a generation of migrants from points east ended their rail sojourns to California, disembarking at the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station. With the dawn of the 20th century, it was where the town became an industrial city as the depot, restaurants and hotels gave way to rail yards and switching stations. It became known as the Cornfields, although there was scant evidence that corn ever grew there. You can click here to read more.
The public arts in the park are just mind-blowing. One of the public art inside the park includes this “Origins,” in above picture, a sculptural piece by Debra Scaccothat was inspired by the nearby L.A. River. “When I conceived the piece, it was particularly with this patch of land in mind because it really is about the changing courses of the river and the changing courses of this site, the original Zanja Madre,” says Scacco. “There’s a particular relevance to it and I’m delighted that it’s going to live here.” The material he used here is mirrored steel to reflect water rippling.