Fund: $30,000

Clockshop works with artists to deepen the connection between communities and public land, in order to build a shared vision of a future based in belonging and care. As a Los Angeles-based arts and culture nonprofit, Clockshop produces free public programming and commissions contemporary artist projects on public land to better connect Angelenos to the land on which we live.

Often working in clay miniatures of architectural structures and public spaces central to his personal and civic memory, Christopher Suarez will design a site for gathering at an interpersonal, human scale in "Por El Río," which will be installed at L.A. State Historic Park in September of 2024 through January of 2025. Moving between the visual languages of artifact and utility, Suarez will employ rammed earth (a historic construction method of compressing aggregate natural materials) to compose the installation from found organic objects sourced from both ends of the L.A. River, as well as industrial, manufactured materials. The installation will consist of an ongoing series of benches, tables, wayfinding map signage, and platforms that serve as both a programmatic stage and a space for rest and contemplation. It will be made in collaboration with family members and invited artists to mimic the extended caretaking by zanjeros, the original caretakers of the Zanja Madre, the first colonial infrastructure project to control the waters of the L.A. River, the remains of which can be viewed from L.A. State Historic Park.