EXPERIENCE A JOURNEY DOWN THE LA RIVERIN VIRTUAL REALITY
Join me for an exciting tour of the Los Angeles River in Virtual Reality –
from the headwaters all the way to the ocean!
Mayor, City Of Los Angeles
The LA River VR Experience brings the River to you in a virtual reality smartphone app. In the Experience, a bird’s view map lets you explore the River – just look at where you want to go, and you’ll find yourself right there.
Explore the River from its headwaters in the mountains and all the way down to the sea – meeting people and learning about the River’s past, present, and exciting future along the way. Join the adventure on the River – in Virtual Reality!
The LA River Experience lets you learn about the history of the River, how its ecosystem works, find out about the revitalization efforts, and learn how the River can benefit the local communities along its path.
The LA River is coming back to life in a big way. The LA River VR Experience lets you visit exciting projects that are planned for the future, and experience them now, as if you were there, in virtual reality.
Once home to steelhead trout and grizzlies, the over 50 mile long Los Angeles River meandered through wetlands and willow from the San Fernando Valley to the ocean, providing a source of water and food for the Tongva people who lived along the River prior to the arrival of the Spanish.
The River was originally an alluvial river that ran freely across a flood plain that is now occupied by Los Angeles, Long Beach and other townships in Southern California. Its path was unstable and unpredictable, and the mouth of the River moved frequently from one place to another between Long Beach and Ballona Creek.
As the Los Angeles region developed, unpredictable and devastating floods continued to plague the people living along the River, until the catastrophic 1938 flood lead the Army Corps of Engineers to encase 80% of the River’s bed and banks in concrete, creating the world’s largest storm drain.
Over the ensuing decades, the River almost disappeared from public consciousness. With the cement came a perceptual shift: the River no longer existed. Instead, it was a “flood control channel,” a no-man’s land, surrounded by fences and signs.
These are exciting times for the Los Angeles River – it’s coming back to life in a series of revitalization efforts, backed by public opinion, architects, artists and decision makers including LA mayor Eric Garcetti and President Obama.
And even bigger changes are coming. In a tremendous victory for the Los Angeles River in 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers recommended Alternative 20 – a once in a generation, $1.3 billion plan to shatter the concrete and restore nearly 11 miles of wildlife habitats along the River.
All along the River, from the headwaters to the ocean, plans are being laid that will change forever our interactions and perceptions of the Los Angeles River, creating green terraces and wetlands, with room for cafés and bike paths, habitats for wildlife, and a beautiful resource for the people of Los Angeles and for visitors to the region.
AN EXCITING NEW WAY TO EXPLORE THE RIVERVIRTUAL REALITY PRE-SCREENING IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
An early preview of the LA River VR Experience was shown at Councilman José Huizar’s Night On Broadway event in downtown Los Angeles in January, drawing crowds of hundreds – with Angelenos of all ages and walks of life braving hour-long lines until midnight.
Los Angeles loves its River, and people can’t wait to explore it!
WATCH THE VR TRAILER!
Introduced by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the LA River VR trailer tells you more about the project and enables you to visit several exciting locations along the River in virtual reality.
See the River Cleanup by the beautiful Frog Spot in Elysian Valley, join FoLAR founder Lewis MacAdams underneath the 6th Street Bridge before it was being dismantled, and enjoy a lush, restored soft bottom stretch of the River by Atwater Village, which gives you a glimpse of what more of the River will be like in the near future.
To experience the VR trailer using Google Cardboard, we recommend that you view this page with the Vrideo VR player app for Android or for iOS. You can also view this page with a Google Cardboard headset using Android’s built in web browser.
For the full quality experience, use the Vrideo app for the Samsung Gear VR or the Oculus Rift.
The LA River VR Experience trailer is also available on YouTube (N.B. VR playback is not yet supported on Safari for Mac and iOS – please view this page using Google Chrome to watch the video in VR/360 format).
FOR THE RIVER - FOR THE PEOPLE
The LA River VR Experience is a project presented by FoLAR – Friends of the Los Angeles River, a grass roots, non-profit organization founded in 1986 by poet, filmmaker and writer Lewis McAdams, who saw beauty and future potential in a river that most people had forgotten.
FoLAR’s mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River.
Now in its 30th year, FoLAR’s efforts have energized and educated communities and decision makers along the river, and the LA River is coming back to life.
The water is clean, flora and fauna are returning, and big projects are underway to make the river more accessible to the people of the city.
Produced by veteran interactive media producers Camilla Andersson and Anders Hjemdahl at Pacific Virtual Reality, the LA River VR Experience will be available for free, on all major VR platforms and channels during spring 2017.
Welcome to celebrate the River with us – join by signing up to receive more information on upcoming VR viewings or opportunities to sponsor.
This is the beginning of a golden time for the LA River and for the city of Los Angeles – which can become a place with parks and a river running through it again, at last.Lewis McAdams
FOLLOW THE RIVER JOURNEY!
PRESS & PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
For more information and partnership opportunities, please contact Andrea White-Kjoss or Camilla Andersson: