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Vandals bring Echo Park mini-golf exhibit to an end

Jul 31, 2016

Before: Electric Palm Tree Turbine House | Pamela Avila

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After vandals struck | The Eastsider

ECHO PARK — A “ridiculous bout of vandalism” forced the organizers of an exhibit that resembled a mini-golf course to close the show and cancel a finale that had  been scheduled for today.

TURF: A Mini-Golf Project,  a temporary exhibit and mini-golf course organized by Materials & Applications, a Silver Lake non-profit,  opened last month on an empty corner lot across from Echo Park Lake.  The exhibit invited participants to play a round of  miniature golf  through obstacles that symbolized such topics as the meaning of terrain and territory; housing affordability and environmental issues.

Early Saturday, however, the organizers discovered that many of those obstacles had been vandalized, prompting them to close TURF two days earlier.  Most of the obstacles had been covered up by Saturday afternoon, and signs reading “LIGHTS OUT” has been attached to a fence to explain the early closure:

“We are working with our TURF teams to repair some of the obstacles and will re-install them at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in August for future play. Despite this small set-back, we want to thank all our friends, supporters, and putt-putt aficionados for making this project a resounding success.”

Also, the organizers asked anyone with information about who may have been responsible for the vandalism to “get in touch!”

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