Broad museum plants 100-year-old olive trees


A grove of 100-year-old olive trees has been trucked down from near Mount Shasta in northern California and planted on the plaza being installed outside the under-construction Broad Contemporary Art Museum on Bunker Hill. The fifteen Barouni olive trees were transported to LA on large trucks, blogs downtown booster Brigham Yen.

The new Broad Plaza will be over half an acre large sitting between the museum and a new 19-story, 271-unit residential tower called The Emerson that is slated for occupancy later this summer....

Designed by the museum’s architect firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the same firm that co-designed The High Line in New York) and Hood Design, the Broad Plaza also sits elevated above General Thad Kosciuszko Way (aka GTK Way) like the elevated High Line. Looking into the future by 2020, this plaza will play an important role not only as a gathering spot on Bunker Hill, but also an exciting and convenient access point for the future Regional Connector subway line where a new elevator and bridge from the station will be connected directly to the Broad Plaza.

And speaking of exciting pedestrian enhancements, a new crosswalk with a landscaped median will also be installed this year connecting the Broad Plaza (and museum) directly across Grand Ave to MOCA and the Colburn School.

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