In June, the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion opened outside the La Brea Tar Pits Museum in Hancock Park and will be open to the public until November 24th.
The Serpentine Pavilion is comprised of metal arches wrapped in plastic to create different segments and corridors of all shapes and sizes. The wrapping is made from Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a fluorine-based plastic that allows for both transparent and opaque regions, creating a “stained glass” effect when light hits the surface. Various rainbow tunnels emanate from this stained-glass center, providing unique experiences depending on where you choose to wander.
The structure was designed by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano, run by architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Originally built in London’s Kensington Garden in 2015, the Serpentine Gallery annually commissions an architect who does not have a project located in the UK to build in the country.
The opening of SelgasCano’s Serpentine Gallery marks the first time a Serpentine Gallery has been moved to the United States. This historic collaboration is the culmination of an effort between The La Brea Tar Pits and Second Home, a British co-working company that provides studio and office space for creatives and entrepreneurs, including an upcoming space in Hollywood.
In addition to providing an aesthetic experience, the Pavillion will also host an array of free events in the coming months. Cultural programming hosted by Second Home Pavilion includes a screening of Netflix and World Wildlife Fund’s new movie Our Planet, a talk by Filmmaker David Lynch on Meditation, a speech by Mayor of LA Eric Garcetti on the Future of Cities, and much more!
This Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is free and open to the public until November 24th, from 11 am to 7 pm daily, and open until 9 pm on Fridays!