Visitors to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum can enjoy special events and programs in a colorful new temporary structure when the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano opens Friday, June 28, through Sunday, Nov. 24.
The structure was created by Second Home, a London-based social business committed to supporting entrepreneurship, and designed by SelgasCano, a Madrid-based architectural practice founded in 1998 by José Selgas and Lucia Cano. A partnership between Second Home and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, the Serpentine Pavilion will offer a multi-purpose social space to enjoy programs on art, design, science and nature.
The 866-square-foot pavilion will be located on a grassy expanse near the museum and tar pits. The pavilion was originally created in 2015 in London’s Hyde Park and features a chrysalis-like structure covered in a translucent, multi-colored fabric membrane.
The public can get a sneak peek at the new pavilion during La Brea Tar Pits Neighborhood Night on Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, Second Home and the Mid City West Community Council are hosting the free event. Visitors can wander through “secret corridors” in the pavilion and experience architecture through shape, light, transparency, color and materials. Enjoy free Pink’s Hot Dogs from 5 to 7 p.m. Rainbow snow cones will be offered to the first 400 visitors.
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will also offer free general admission from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 27. Participants are invited to bring blankets and enjoy a special outdoor screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which will begin at sunset.
“We are really excited about this. We did a movie night about a year ago at the same site, the La Brea Tar Pits, and it was a big success,” Mid City West Community Council board Chairman Scott Epstein said. “With the Serpentine Pavilion, it’s a great tie in. We can celebrate that and our community.”
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. For information, call (323)934-7243, or visit tarpits.org.