L.A. Sports Arch of Fame ·
CONCEPT DESIGN AND VISUALIZATION
In October of 1999, the builders of the Staples Center in downtown Los
Angeles commissioned a public tribute to local sports heroes for the arena's entrance plaza. As a member of the CommArts team, the design
concept I proposed was chosen and eventually built.
The design references the triumphal arches of ancient Rome, but at the
same time uses modern materials and construction to remain compatible
with the clean, high tech style of the arena. It's placement at the Staples
Center site was chosen to create a gateway into the main entrance, and
at the same time to transform a wheelchair ramp from a legal requirement
into a monumental entry.
The arch itself is a steel framework that supports a skin of modular
panels. Over time, the panels near eye level were designed to be swapped
out with engraved plaques honoring the individual inductees.
After the design was approved, the client wanted to honor the first
inductee, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, right away. Since the arch wasn't yet
built at the time, I put together a video sequence that would
both introduce the Arch and celebrate the addition of Johnson's plaque. (It
happens by magic, of course.)
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