What is that big chain by the L.A. River? [updated]

GLASSELL PARK —  It’s a puzzling sight. A large chain that hangs about 50-feet across a row of headless palm tree trunks standing next to the L.A. River channel. What is this exactly? Turns out it’s public art.

An opening reception was held last November for Denim Chain on Trees, a large sculpture installed on a lonely and desolate stretch of what’s called the Bow Tie Parcel, an undeveloped ribbon of state parkland that runs between the river channel and the train tracks.

Visible from both sides of the river,  Denim Chain was created  by artist Julia Haft-Candell features eight large links made from foam wrapped in denim that had been dipped in resin, according to Clockshop, a nonprofit that has been hosting art events on the site.  Part of the chain has now fallen apart, and it’s not clear if it’s going to be fixed.

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