WDI Disney Imaginations 2020 Semifinalist | Arrive: LA
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle
Los Angeles has always been a land of opportunity for those looking for a new beginning. A rich history of immigration and arrival is evidenced in every subdivision, street corner and zip code in the city. This is most apparent in Downtown LA, a melting pot of cultures including everything from food to architecture.
Arrive: Los Angeles, set in beautiful Grand Park, is a symbol of opportunity larger than life. Overlooking the historic City Hall, this installation is a celebration of generations of immigration and change that has shaped Los Angeles into one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation. Here in Los Angeles, a door has opened, inviting all walks of life to pass through and stay a while. Arrive: Los Angeles’ proximity to Union Station and a hub of Metro lines makes it accessible to guests coming from all over the city. The setting of Grand Park invites visitors to relax and gather around the installation for a memorable day out. Arrive: Los Angeles requires nothing except for you to walk, roll, wheel, or dance your way through; it’s an opportunity for all to enjoy.
Opportunity can present itself in many ways. Here in Downtown Los Angeles, it comes in the form of a door.
An open door represents a gateway to a new adventure, a new discovery, or even a new life. This door has been built by the people of Los Angeles, by those who have traveled from near and far to make this city their home. Paying homage to Los Angeles’ history of immigration, the door celebrates two nearby iconic districts: Chinatown and Olvera Street. The footsteps below represent the great strides that have been made by those before us, but also those ahead. This installation celebrates the opportunities that Los Angeles continues to create for those who arrive in this great city.
As half of a team of two, I helped research the history of Los Angeles and conceptualize the idea of the door. I designed the Olvera Street-inspired side of the door as well as illustrated the concept drawings of how visitors will interact with the door. Additionally, I drew the overhead mural and visitor-mural experience illustrations. I designed the branding and promotional materials such as the logo, poster, pamphlet, and social media campaign. I also drew the map of the park.
The project was conceived by the Otis College of Art and Design Team and created for the 2020 Walt Disney Imagineering’s Imaginations Design Competition. This project is the sole property of Walt Disney Imagineering and all rights to use these ideas are exclusive to Walt Disney Imagineering. The competition is a way for students and recent graduates to showcase their talents and for Walt Disney Imagineering to identify new talent.