Old Growth (New/Now)

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Coordinates: 34°01′44″N 118°23′11″W / 34.0290°N 118.3865°W / 34.0290; -118.3865

Old Growth (New/Now)
Old Growth ( New-Now).jpg
ArtistAlison Wright

(with Graphic Designer, Jeanie Chong)

Courtesy of William D. Feldman of Venice Pacific Investments
TypeInstallation art
Dimensions(2) 40’ x 12’ x 2’-9”
LocationCulver City, California, United States

Old Growth (New/Now) is a large scale exterior public art installation by architect and artist Alison Wright. It is located opposite to the Culver City Metro Station.[1]

Electric poles and cross arms support 56 pieces of glass. Historic images from the archives of Southern California Edison and the Culver City Historical Society are placed on one side of the glass. [2] The glass panels on the other side form a Douglas Fir tree, a type of tree that wood utility poles originated from. [3] Unlike typical utility poles, these 40’ tall poles are not connected by power lines..[1] The glass panels are backlit by solar energy via solar panels. [4]


  1. ^ a b Wright, Alison. “Old Growth (New/Now)” artist page. Alison Wright. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Lori, Manager. Old Growth (New/Now). Public Art Archive. WESTAF Western States Arts Federation. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  3. ^ Seyferth, Kristen. “Old Growth New/ Now (2017)” Vourvoulis Architectural Glass Consulting. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  4. ^ Dettre, Robin, Coordinator. Inventory of American Painting and Sculpture. Art Inventories Catalog Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS). Retrieved 2018-08-15.

Further reading[edit]

  • Barragan, Bianca. "Travel the Path of the Expo Line predecessor that ran from 1908 to 1953". LA Curbed. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  • Cerra, Julie Lugo. "Culver City Chronicles" (2013). The History Press.
  • Chong, Jeanie. "Old Growth (New/Now)". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  • Deverell, William (2016-10-31). Form & Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990. Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West. ISBN 9780692773963. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  • Public Art in Public Places (2019). "Public Art in Public Places - Public Art Archives Cities C-D". Public Art in Public Places. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  • Masters, Nathan. "Many L.A. Boulevards Began as Trolley Lines". KCET. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  • Meyers, William A (1986). Iron Men and Copper Wires; A Centennial History of the Southern California Edison Company. Trans-Anglo Books.
  • Mulqueen, April. "A Natural History of the Wooden Utility Pole" (PDF). California Public Utilities Commission July 2017. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  • Nonnenmacher, Tomas. "History of the US Telegraphy Industry". Economic History Association. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  • Seyferth, Kirsten. "Old Growth New/Now". CODAworx Collaboration of Design and Art. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  • Wallach, Ruth. "Public Art and Sculpture in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California". Public Art in Los Angeles. Associate Dean for Public Services USC Libraries. Retrieved 2018-08-01.