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  • Public Art Walking Tour - Harlequinade

    The Pasadena Playhouse District Public Art Walking Tour

    A dragon is watching you in the Playhouse District. Perched just above your head, its scaly body undulates up and down and wraps around the streetlight pole, jaws poised to release its fiery breath. Over there a trombone player bends almost impossibly backward, straining to hit that high note. If you look closely, you will find 25 of these sculptures sprinkled throughout the Pasadena Playhouse District. Titled “Harlequinade,” these playful pieces ingeniously utilize cut out sections of the harlequin diamond shape—so familiar as a part of the Playhouse District Association’s marketing campaign—to allow a “peek” inside each one. Created by internationally-known artist Wayne Healy of East Los Streetscapers, this public art project incorporates images of the arts, science and technology as a part of the Playhouse District’s identity as a center for culture, community and commerce. Full color images of dragons, astronomers, pianists, designers, “Zoot Suit” figures, chefs, dancers and trombone players were crafted on metal sheets that wrap around many of the light poles along Los Robles Avenue and Walnut and Union Streets. Pedestrians are encouraged to walk around the sculptures in order to view each particular design.

  • ''Dragon''

     Dragon 

  • ''Astronomer''

     Astronomer