BackgroundLaunched in 2011, the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program seeks to create an outdoor art gallery to enliven the urban landscape, create a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors, create more venues for artwork in the City, increase exposure and opportunities for artists who live and work in Pasadena, educate the public about public art by stimulating discussion, provide a cultural draw for tourists and provide entrée for artists new to public art.
The first Phase of the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program saw the installation of nine public art projects which remained on exhibit for a period of 18 months. The Program garnered ongoing local, regional and national attention and praise, with some of the most positive responses received from adjacent neighbors as well as local residents, tourists, artists, and other municipalities. Based on positive community response to the Program, Phase II includes expanded sites at the Convention Center and on North Lake Avenue; the Program now includes 11 total sites throughout Pasadena.
For questions or if you are aware of a Rotating Public Art Exhibition project that has been vandalized or damaged please contact Cultural Affairs at (626) 744-7547. Click here for Phase I brochure Click here for Phase II brochure PODCASTS OF ROTATING PHASE II ARTISTS NOW AVAILABLE
Please click on the individual links to hear what the artists’ inspirations were for these newly installed artworks.
Phase II – Selection Process A Panel comprised of two neighborhood representatives from each City Council District and three public art professionals selected these artworks from respondents to the City’s Request for Proposals in early 2013. Artworks are also reviewed by an art conservator and staff from the departments of Public Works and Transportation for appropriateness. Click here for the Phase II RFP
On June 19, 2013 the Arts and Culture Commission approved the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program Phase II Selection Panel recommendations. Phase II includes the phased installation of eight public art projects: two site-specific and six loaned artworks located throughout Pasadena on City-owned property. Site specific artworks in the Program provide an opportunity to incorporate the unique relationship of proposed art concepts to certain sites as appropriate. Phase II includes two new sites at the Convention Center and on North Lake. The new sites were assessed and selected based on pedestrian and vehicular visibility, available footprint for sculpture pad and neighborhood plans for future site alteration or changes, and budget. The program now includes 11 total sites throughout Pasadena.
Kim Abeles, A Portrait of Trees in Pasadena, Part I
Christie Beniston, Topiaries.
Joe and John Dumbacher, #482 Rewind
Don Gialanella, Orb #5
Arnold Martin, Monument to Curiosity
Patricia Mitchell and Eugene Wyrick, Flora de Luz
Nancy Mooslin, Desert Melodies
LT Mustardseen and NW Community Youth, Together…Everything is Possible
NewTown Pasadena Foundation, City Speaks II
Steve Rieman, Sol Ray
Hiromi Takizawa, Makes a house a home
Since its inception, the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program has generated two new garden spaces for artwork sites at Catalina and Union and Washington and Marengo that provide hospitable enhancements at formerly barren City-owned parcels. Phase II – Implementation
In late May 2013 artists were notified of Panel recommendations. Artwork installations are scheduled to take place October 2013 – January 2014. All Phase II artworks will remain in place for a period of two years. A dedication for new artworks will be held in early 2014. New Program brochures detailing all artworks and locations will be available soon at www.cityofpasadena.net/arts.
Click here for the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program Phase II Announcement and Dedication InformationClick here for photos of all Phase II sites Click here to view the Rain Garden and Art Dedication at Washington and Marengo
ARTS 31/32Metro 268Map
ARTS 10Metro 686, 256, 177Map
ARTS 20, 51 Saturday, 51/52Metro 260, 762Map
180,181,780 (at Lake/Colorado), 256,686Map
ARTS 10,60Metro 267,
Transit 187 (Colorado/Sierra Bonita)Map
Phase II – Dedication, August 1, 2014
Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program, Phase II Artists
Arts and Culture Commission Chair, John McLean
Vice Mayor, Jacque Robinson
Northwest Commission Chair, Craig L. Washington
Water Dance Performance
Click on the video below to view the fabrication of “Monument to Curiosity”
Monument to Curiosity Assembly Montage from Arnold Martin on Vimeo
Please click here to listen to the three new poetry selections written by local artists for the City Speaks II.