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Rainbow Wormhole in the Tar Pits: London’s Trippy Pavilion Moves to LA

Serpentine Pavilion allows visitors to wander through the immersive structure and experience architecture through shape, light, transparency, color, and materials.

A winding gallery of what TimeOut calls “rainbow tunnels” arrives at La Brea Tar Pits this summer—when the Serpentine Pavilion opens for free daily visits and public events from June 28 to November 24, 2019. 

Thanks to a collaboration between the London-based Second Home and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC), the park at La Brea Tar Pits will welcome the 866-square-foot Pavilion in its US debut. Designed by SelgasCano, the Spanish team of José Selgas and Lucía Cano, Pavilion was originally installed in London’s Hyde Park.

“The Pavilion is an opportunity to experience one of the boldest and most innovative designs in contemporary architecture,” says Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, NHMLAC President and Director. “But it’s also a place for people to meet and be inspired by a range of activities throughout the summer. It gives a glimpse of what we can do with cultural programming at our museums, at that space where art and science intersect.”

Angelenos and visitors can wander through the immersive structure and experience architecture through shape, light, transparency, color, and materials. There are many places to enter and exit, inside lies a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layers of the structure that leads into the Pavilion’s bright, stained-glass-effect interior.

Second Home and NHMLAC will partner on a diverse program of public talks, film screenings, and other events—all free and open to the public—to take place throughout the five-month installation of the Pavilion. World-class speakers and experts across a range of fields will present programs focusing on key contemporary themes, including diversity in entrepreneurship; the future of Los Angeles in terms of equity and sustainability; and the possibilities for convergence and cross-pollination in art, science, design, nature, and innovation. It’s an opportunity to experience a range of cultural programming, at a space where art and science intersect. 

As Sam Aldenton, co-founder and co-CEO of Second Home, puts it: “The Second Home Pavilion is a celebration of this: our love letter to L.A.”

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