23 Aug 2014
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Radford Avenue Welcomes Artwork

Local sculptor Karl Johnson joins forces with the Studio City Beautification Association.

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Studio City's Radford Avenue will soon be a bright, new destination, where residents and visitors alike will be able to walk, sit and enjoy the work of local sculptor Karl Johnson.

Each piece along the Radford Art Walk tells a different story, Johnson said. There are common themes, though—many of the pieces, for Johnson, represented humanity's mortality, and our impotence in the face of the inexorable passage of time. Others, as explained to Patch by Johnson, represented the dangers of corporate greed and the true cost of war.

Bill Harmond, president of the board of the Studio City Beautification Association, which is part of the , said the project would cost about $30,000 to complete. That money will come from donors that include , Wells Fargo Bank, the and the Studio City Residents Association.

With the sculptures now in place, work can begin on landscaping the area and adding a decomposed-granite pathway along the front. Francesca Cora, vice president of the beautification board, will spearhead the landscaping effort. Irrigation work and retaining walls also need to be installed.

Plans for the design were given to the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, and were returned with notes, Harmond said. The project will stand on both CBS-owned property and city-owned property, he said, on the southern end of Radford Avenue on the west side of the street.

According to Harmond, there have been no complaints from local residents about the project; in fact, he said, many have come out to voice their support.

The project is slated for completion sometime this fall, said Harmond, once the Street Services directives—such as ensuring the walkway can accommodate wheelchairs—have been addressed.

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