Images: Los Angeles Happening

Images: Los Angeles Happening
Mara McKevittUnfolding the Lawrence Weiner Station to Station flag.
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Ye Rin MokFrom left, producer Chris Totushek, video editor Austin Meredith and Doug Aitken.
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Mara McKevittJack Pierson at the Los Angeles Happening.
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Mara McKevittA face of Los Angeles from Kathryn Andrews.
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Mara McKevittKeyboards in Los Angeles.
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Ye Rin MokThe set up for the Union Station Happening.
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Ye Rin MokUnion Station in Los Angeles.
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Mara McKevittDan Deacon in front of artist posters.
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Mara McKevittArtist Ryan Trecartin at the Los Angeles Happening.
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Mara McKevittSun Araw in Los Angeles.
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Ye Rin MokThe art tents in Los Angeles.
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Mara McKevittLooking into the Ernesto Neto tent.
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Mara McKevittInside the Kenneth Anger tent.
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Ye Rin MokThe stage was built on top of a disused ticket counter in Union Station.
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Mara McKevittDan Deacon at the Los Angeles Happening.
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Ye Rin MokDan Deacon rouses the crowd at Union Station.
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Ye Rin MokErnesto Neto's nomadic sculpture in Los Angeles.
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Mara McKevittDan Deacon's board.
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Ye Rin MokThe Station to Station train in Los Angeles.
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Ye Rin MokThe crowd at Union Station.

The Los Angeles Happening was something of a homecoming for Station to Station as many of the participants and creators of the project call the city home.

Built on a grand scale, Union Station is known as “Last of the Great Railway Stations” in the United States. An enormous, beautiful building, it evokes the L.A. of Raymond Chandler and Blade Runner and still serves tens of thousands of commuters everyday. Taking over one of the grandest rooms in Union Station, the crew built a stage atop a ticket counter in a space originally built in 1939.

The evening kicked off with the irresistible feedback of hometown band No Age in the outdoor courtyard followed by Sun Araw and reggae legends The Congos on the main stage. The courtyard also provided one of the most intricate settings for the Station to Station nomadic sculptures with works from Kenneth Anger (who was present that night), Urs Fischer, Ernesto Neto and Liz Glynn, dotting a tree-canopied area.

The main event of the evening, however, was undoubtedly the one-two punch of Dan Deacon’s frenzied synchronized cellphone performance followed by a rousing performance from Beck accompanied — ecstatically — by a full choir.

“Wake Up,” Beck’s newest song — an instant anthem, really — seemed to have found its perfect setting in the station’s grand hallway. We’ll be hearing this one for years to come and we’ll never forget Los Angeles.