Skip Content

Here’s how they got Paper Airplane off the ground

  • Alternative to The first model takes shape.
    The first model takes shape.
  • Alternative to Artists Dean Sherriff and Elenita Torres in their studio.
    Artists Dean Sherriff and Elenita Torres in their studio.
  • Alternative to The drafting work begins.
    The drafting work begins.
  • Alternative to Prototype in the warehouse at Canvas Specialty.
    Prototype in the warehouse at Canvas Specialty.
  • Alternative to Sherriff adjusts the model.
    Sherriff adjusts the model.
  • Alternative to Breathable fabric is selected for final planes.
    Breathable fabric is selected for final planes.
  • Alternative to Artists take one last look at their creation.
    Artists take one last look at their creation.
  • Alternative to Installation day at Grand Park.
    Installation day at Grand Park.
  • Alternative to Grand Park Director Lucas Rivera and Sherriff make onsite adjustments.
    Grand Park Director Lucas Rivera and Sherriff make onsite adjustments.
  • Alternative to As the planes take flight, the sun comes out briefly.
    As the planes take flight, the sun comes out briefly.
  • Alternative to Pink paper airplanes greet the arrival.
    Pink paper airplanes greet the arrival.
  • Alternative to Paper Airplane soars above the park.
    Paper Airplane soars above the park.

After months of prototyping, manufacturing and fine-tuning, Grand Park’s new shade structure has finally come in for a landing. Paper Airplane, created by artists Elenita Torres and Dean Sherriff and funded as part of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, brings a touch of whimsy to the park’s Olive Court, where food trucks attract hungry lunchtime crowds. This photo gallery chronicles the shade structure project in all its phases, from artists’ vision to reality. Welcome aboard and enjoy the flight.