Akiko Crawford’s River Artwork
January 18, 2011 § 3 Comments
Feast your eyes on this L.A. River art by Akiko Crawford. Click on each image to link to larger versions. Creek Freak ran one piece of hers of in an earlier post, then she recently posted a handful of wonderful river and bridge images, so I figured I’d check in with her and run a bunch here. There’re more, and other urban sketches, designs, renderings, photos and other stuff at Akiko Crawford: Portfolio and Art Blog.
I should just let the art speak for itself, but I did a very short email interview with Akiko. She got familiar with the river on a FoLAR tour with Jenny Price. Here’s what she had to say when I asked her why she’s chosen local creeks and streams as her frequent subject matter:
I don’t know why I am attracted to rivers, but I find the river system in LA so interesting because of it’s history – having it concreted up is ugly, but people in the past did it for a reason, and now people are making efforts to reverse it and preserve what’s left of the soft bottom areas. It’s interesting to follow the river even if it’s just a trickle most of the year – and see how the neighborhoods built up around it. It’s almost like “behind the scenes” of the city. I was following the water in Glendale and got stopped by the police – I must have looked suspicious sketching and taking photos.
I am also fascinated about the power of nature – like grass and weed growing through concrete, and even after destruction, it can grow back within our human life time. So visually, I like the combination of concrete and nature, and the LA River has that. I also think all the bridges are beautiful!
If you’re an artist and you create images of Los Angeles’ creeks and streams, drop us a line (especially with links to your work) and we’ll feature your artwork here at Creek Freak!