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Pershing Square Park

Attractions, Parks and gardens Downtown Free
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Pershing Square Park
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One of LA's most quintessential public spaces, the Spanish-inspired plaza—which is interrupted by a series of large geometric structures painted in bright hues of pink, purple, red and yellow—is a popular gathering space for locals, featuring wide pathways lined with trees, a circular fountain, and benches galore. Surrounding the park are a series of iconic 1920s- and 1930s-built edifices like the Subway Terminal Building and the Biltmore Hotel.


Venue name: Pershing Square Park
Address: 532 S Olive St
Los Angeles
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  • Saturday July 27 2019 - Saturday August 17 2019 Free

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A couple of years ago, I didn't really consider Pershing Square a destination, but more of a place one passes through while in Downtown. Lately I've noticed more of a clean up, more security and more attractions bringing the square to life. There is a wonderful, wrap around playground. 

Most recently I went to see the public art installation, Liquid Shard by artist Patrick Shearn. Seeing pictures of this moving sculpture, I thought it was made of shards of metal. Inspecting it up close I found it is made mostly of bungee cords and mylar, which makes sense, after watching it flow and undulate through the air. The sound and motion is mesmerizing, almost like watching ocean waves. On my visit I was able to catch it right at dusk and sunset, then came back at night to see it in the dark. Both versions were quite spectacular. I love the sense of community it brought to the square as I watched hundreds of selfies being taken, a tourist video chatting the sculpture and surrounding buildins with his mom and the sound of the children playing.

I cannot wait to see what the bring in next.

Pershing Square has so much potential seems to be trying really hard to make something of itself. From concerts to vendors and food trucks and art installations like Liquid Shard, this place is different each time I go to it. It's a nice little oasis to walk through on your lunch hour but it does still have a long way to go.


The skyline views are pretty and the park is centrally-located, but that's about all Pershing Square has going for it. Concrete and parking garages just don't make for a very friendly park. Some of the programming here is alright, but otherwise don't go out of your way to come here—at least not until it's eventually redesigned.