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LA Residents, Volunteers Take Part In Visual Makeover Of MacArthur Park

EL SEGUNDO ( — Thousands of residents, including children, are taking part in a visual renovation of MacArthur Park.

Through the "Portraits of Hope" project, a 7-year effort, 7,000 painted spheres are set to start floating in the park's lake.

"This is amazing because it's been a seven-year-effort," Ed Massey said. "There's a lot of political battles we had to deal with, but fortunately, Mayor Garcetti has just been an amazing partner in this project."

The project, which will take about three more months, will include community members getting involved to pain the floating artwork. The initiative gives both children and adults the opportunity to collaborate on high-profile public projects.

More recently, Portraits of Hope painted dozens of lifeguard towers throughout LA County. The group has also worked at children's hospitals.

"Any opportunity that you have time to spare go ahead and get out there and volunteer help people out wherever you can," resident Laura Trujillo.

Even kids taking part in the project spoke about the importance of volunteering in the community.

"It's just a really cool process and I love seeing how we start and end," 11-year-old Georgi Massi said. "It's such a cool process."

For more information on the project, and how you can take part, visit The Spheres at MacArthur Park.

For more inforation on Portraits of Hope, including how you can volunteer, visit their Facebook page.

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