The Hollywood Bowl got a miniature version of itself last Friday. Hodgetts + Fung, the architects of the Bowl’s latest 2003 renovation, helped students from LA’s Gardner Elementary School build a Polystyrene and PVC pipe replica of the curving amphitheater in honor of the school’s 100th birthday. Partners Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung, with the help of school teachers, assisted the students build not only a mini-Bowl on the school’s asphalt playground, but a mini-museum displaying historic photos of the school.
Proceeds from the day’s activities—which included food, entertainment and games in addition to bandshell building— will support the school’s MusicQ Program, which helps students learn to read, play music, and compose music. (Gardner has a rich arts history. It’s Michael Jackson’s alma mater, for instance) The school’s 100th birthday comes on the coattails of The Hollywood Bowl’s 90th season, which kicked-off earlier this month. Hodgetts + Fung are among several architects to have conceived designs for the Bowl’s shell, now in its fifth iteration. These include Allied Architects; Frank Lloyd Wright’s eldest son Lloyd Wright; the engineering firm Elliott, Bowen and Walz and Frank Gehry. And now, of course, fifth graders.