Long Beach, CA (2010) – The city of Long Beach has a lacy look thanks to artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe. In hopes of bringing community together in new and innovative ways, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) commissioned the duo to create an outdoor performance space for concerts, workshops, and other events. The temporary installation launched August 2010 is called URBAN LAB: CHANTILLY CLAD, and was created by weaving 30,000 feet of boat rope to look like a lace canopy. The canopy structure is supported by a large crane – a familiar site in the port city of Long Beach – and the stage underneath is made out of reclaimed lumber.

Part of the RDA’s mission for the project is to temporarily activate and energize this future redevelopment site. Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad was up for two years, during which time the city brought other temporary visual and performance art to the site.