Pasadena In Focus
May - June 2011

Rotating Public Art Collection

Your commute just got a little more colorful. This summer Pasadena will be installing eye-catching works by local artists in nine spots citywide. This outdoor art gallery is meant to enliven our streetscapes, spark community discussions, invite tourists and add interest and diversity to Pasadena’s iconic arts scene. It will also give artists a canvas to create and experiment while boosting their exposure and opportunities.

The artworks will be installed along street medians and in other city-owned locales, and each piece will be displayed for 18 months before it’s replaced with a new one. So far the selected artworks range from figural and playful bronze sculptures to brightly colored geometric forms to projects that draw attention with spoken word and poetic sound. Community teams from each council district helped make the selections.

Keep an eye out for the displays to be installed in phases through December at Washington Place and Glen Avenue, Walnut Street at Foothill Boulevard, Washington Boulevard at Marengo Avenue, Sunset Avenue and Mountain Street, Sierra Madre Boulevard between Riviera and New York drives, Catalina Avenue at Union Street, Fair Oaks Avenue between State and Columbia streets, Bonnie Avenue at Del Mar Boulevard and South Lake Avenue at Lakewood Place.

The rotating public art program was created as part of the Cultural Nexus Plan, which calls for more diversity and awareness of public art throughout Pasadena. For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/arts or call the Cultural Affairs office at 744-7062.

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