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Portraits of Hope's Largest Civic Art Exhibition, The Spheres at MacArthur Park, Makes it's Grand Debut


Portraits of Hope is getting ready to unveil the thousands of spheres painted by members of the LA Community and officially launch their largest civic art exhibition in MacArthur Park.

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) August 18, 2015

WHO: Esteemed press and the Los Angeles community will witness Portraits of Hope launch their largest civic art project come to life.

WHAT: Spheres painted by members of the Los Angeles community will be launched into the lake at MacArthur Park to visually enhance and revitalize the iconic landmark. By rallying members of the public to work together to complete the exhibition, a sense of community has been re-installed in the heart of Los Angeles. The brightly colored floating artwork hopes to bring locals back to MacArthur Park to continue to strengthen the bond of their community. Following the exhibition, the historic spheres will be donated to continue to bring color and beauty to surrounding areas within social services such as hospitals, schools and women's shelters.

WHEN: Saturday, August 22 , 2015; 12PM

WHERE: MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Media Contact - Kyrstin Riley at Melrose PR - kyrstin(at)melrosepr(dot)com, 310-260-7901.


This latest Portraits of Hope public art and civic initiative is a continuation of the program's large-scale, national projects which have visually transformed public settings and symbols ranging from the NYC taxi fleet, blimps, planes, boats, and buildings to LA's coastal lifeguard towers, NASCAR race cars, laundromats/lavanderias, and frontline fire and rescue vehicles.

Iconic MacArthur Park sits in the heart of Los Angeles and is home to a large urban lake that comprises 7 football fields in total surface area. For 4 weeks this summer, MacArthur Park will experience a visual transformation as floating spheres, some as large as 4, 5, and 6 ft, spread throughout the lake as part of a major public art, revitalization, and civic project.

Children and youth in Los Angeles and Southern California, among others, are participating in Portraits of Hope art, creative therapy, and civic leadership sessions in schools and hospitals in which much of the art is being created. Much of the vibrantly-hued art is floral themed -- as the flower is the universal symbol of beauty, joy, life, inspiration, and renewal. The flower is a theme integral to Portraits of Hope. Spheres with aquatic designs are also being created for the exhibition.

POH anticipates that 8 -10,000 persons in Southern CA will participate in the initiative. Up to 7,000 spheres may be created for the project and exhibited on a rotating basis – continually changing the look of the park and the lake.

This project helped made possible through the generosity and civic spirit of corporate, foundation and individual partners led by: Niagara Cares, Vista Paint, Helen and Peter Bing, Laird Plastic and Recycling, Arup, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Hal and Debby Jacobs Family Fund, The Home Depot Foundation, Plaza El Segundo, Wooster, The Davidow Charitable Fund, Shop.Vac.


Portraits of Hope conceives and develops high-profile motivational art projects that merge the production of dynamic public art works with creative therapy for hospitalized children and civic education for people of all ages.

Special Portraits of Hope brushes and methodologies have been developed for children and adults with illnesses and physical disabilities, including telescope brushes for those in wheel chairs or attached to IVs, shoe brushes for people unable to manipulate a brush with their hands, and fruit-flavored mouth brushes for kids and adults with limited or no movement in their limbs. For persons who are blind or visually impaired, Portraits of Hope utilizes special textured paints.

In schools, Portraits of Hope participants engage in interdisciplinary education sessions in which students assess, discuss and communicate their thoughts on social issues affecting their communities and the world, including: civic leadership, education, health care, the environment, foreign aid, pluralism, national security, and senior care. The larger art collaboration is a group effort to demonstrate tangibly the power of community teamwork and civic engagement.

Founded by brothers Ed Massey and Bernie Massey, Portraits of Hope has engaged tens of thousands of children and adults in huge civic collaborations - in the U.S. and abroad – and involved nearly 1,000 hospitals, schools, and social service programs in its projects.

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