Learn more about Audrey Chan’s augmented reality artwork, The Assata Center.
How to view The Assata Center in the 4th Wall app on-site at the NE Corner of 8th and Columbia in Los Angeles
- Download 4th Wall from the App Store or Google Play. When downloading, enable all permissions so you can hear sound. 4th Wall does not collect any user data.
- Open the app and select “Coordinates” on the home screen. Hold your phone up to find the artwork!
- Use the camera icons on the right of the screen to record the experience. When prompted, allow 4th Wall to access your photos to save your recordings directly to your camera roll.
The Assata Center sits on top of the current site of the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL) building. The LAPPL building is a living monument to corruption and brutality, it houses the day-to-day work that keeps the police from being held accountable. Audrey Chan imagines a near future where the building has been replaced by a community center, The Assata Center. Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (BLM-LA) hosts a weekly gathering at the site of the existing LAPPL building to demand an end to police associations. Chan’s artwork builds on this call to action—her work visualizes what would be possible if we re-directed funds and resources away from policing and towards community care.
The new community center is covered in plants and butterflies and includes a garden and play area. In this imagined future, the building is off-grid, powered by solar, and free from police and surveillance. On one wall, we see freedom fighter Assata Shakur’s quote, which is read at the end of every BLM-LA gathering by their youth vanguard. Chan created a survey to get input on what community members would like to see in the place of the existing LAPPL building. Click here to read the survey responses that informed Chan's design.
Use the map below to view Audrey Chan’s The Assata Center on-site in Los Angeles at the NE Corner of 8th Street and Columbia, across the street from the LAPPL at 1308 W 8th Street.1313 W 8th St LA, CA 90017
Metro station: 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Red Line
You can hear Chan speak more about her piece in the video below, and in an original essay she wrote for Monument Lab's Bulletin about her process and project. Read the essay here.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.