On the Wall

On the Wall

Color (black, green, orange, pink, etc.) was used as the catalyst to explore spaces in Los Angeles on foot that beckon, but are blurred between 25-60 mph, are not on a daily routine, or necessary path. A series of intentional urban explorations conducted from 2016-2019 in LA examined over 100 urban spaces that range from the unusual to renowned, in functional typology, historical periods, and spans LA’s boundaries. Routes explored unfamiliar stretches. Los Angeles by Color’s 16 resulting color ribbons and companion maps (AWAF 2020 Mid-Career Fellowship) weave together parts of the city that will never physically be connected, but exist as a spatial embodiment of knowledge and identity about LA. Each ribbon unfolds its own story. When viewed collectively, the recoding and remixing represents a new spatial understanding that reinforces the history of LA’s urban environment.

On the Wall – 2021 Winner

Los Angeles by Color

Ashley Margo


Ashley Margo is a Los Angeles based art director and multimedia designer who has worked in architecture, television, theater, and film. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida with minors in Art History and Urban and Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Advanced Print and Graphic Communication from UCLA Extension. She is the Lead Teaching Artist for Media Arts at Inner-City Arts. Her favorite road in LA is Normandie.