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It is one thing to have a life motto, and it is an entirely different thing to live your life motto. I frequently declare that we need to, “take care of this moment” but occasionally overlook it due to the hustle and bustle of young adulthood. We are preoccupied with schoolwork, internships, Taylor Swift’s life… the list is innumerable! But what happens when we really do live in the moment? Life happens.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is The Spheres at MacArthur Park.

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There’s something about bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles on a Friday afternoon. Inch by inch, I scooted through the intersection adjacent to MacArthur Park, hopeful that I’d eventually get to my destination. While I was at a red light, some colorful spheres caught my eye and caused me to completely reroute.

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The Spheres at MacArthur Park, the largest public art and civic project in the United States, brightened up the lake thanks to Portraits of Hope. What exactly is Portraits of Hope? It is an organization founded by Bernie Massey and Ed Massey in 1995. Their intent was to utilize art and imagery for improving the human condition. Previous projects include transforming New York Taxis, blimps, tugboats, airplanes, and so much more.

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As I pulled over by the park I was in awe. Three thousand inflated, colorful, vinyl spheres were installed in the lake in late summer of this year. MacArthur Park transformed from a drab destination to swan lake drizzled with colorful gumdrops. The Massey’s originally intended for this project to take place somewhere in Europe, but had a change of heart while driving through Los Angeles. I couldn’t agree more with their decision.

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The Portraits of Hope organization frequently collaborates with communities and social service programs. It is estimated that close to 10,000 volunteers participated on this project. Now that the Spheres at MacArthur Park Project is over, the colorful spheres are being donated to social service institutions such as senior homes, domestic abuse centers, school, and hospitals.

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As I sat on a bench accompanied by some ducks (true story…kind of sketch), I was reminded of the importance of being present. Portraits of Hope demonstrated that there is beauty to be found just around every corner. All it took for the Massey brothers was a little color, and a lot of imagination.

Check back next week for another Secret of SoCal.

And remember- Take Care of This Moment.

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