Reader Photo: Having a ball in MacArthur Park

Hugo Ramirez photographed “Spheres of MacArthur Park” in early September, about a week after the debut of the public art project.

Expecting a handful of beach-ball-sized orbs, Ramirez was impressed by the size and number of spheres floating on MacArthur Park’s lake. 

“It was an awesome sight, and they definitely brightened up a hazy L.A. afternoon,” he said. “As I shot my photos, I pictured the joy and excitement of the schoolchildren that painted them, knowing that their work would be seen and enjoyed by thousands of people.”

The roughly 2,500 spheres that comprise the art project, some as large as 6 feet in diameter, were painted by about 10,000 volunteers, most of them children. The spheres will remain at MacArthur Park through the end of September.


Ramirez took these photos with a Sony A77II. Visit his Flickr page for more photos.

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