BackgroundThe 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 impetus for a temporary public art program derives from Cultural Nexus, the City’s Cultural Master Plan. The Nexus plan recommended the increased presence and awareness of public art throughout Pasadena by developing projects and opportunities that target local artists, locating projects in the Northwest Pasadena and East Pasadena neighborhoods, and developing a program of temporary public art projects on the grounds of libraries. The Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program was developed by further refining the recommendations and vetting potential sites, outlining budget parameters, and modifying implementation procedures and timelines. The resulting Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program was approved by City Council in July 2010.
Current Call for Artwork: Phase II Rotating Public Art Exhibition ProgramThe City is seeking proposals from artists, artist teams and galleries for the selection and commission of artworks for Phase II of the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program. Selected sculptures will be installed for 24 months at eight highly-visible locations within the City of Pasadena, California. Two of the six loaned artworks may reflect sustainability, water, conservation, electrical, or recycling themes.
Launched in 2011, the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program seeks to create an outdoor art gallery that enlivens the urban landscape and produces a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors. The Program places existing loaned and newly commissioned site-specific sculptures on public view in neighborhoods representing all City Council Districts. Exhibition sites are unsupervised and include traffic islands, medians and smaller, more intimate parcels.
Artist honoraria are $3,000 for the loaned artworks and $5,000 for site-specific projects. Artworks must be available for installation by June 30, 2013.
The submittal deadline is 5:00 pm on April 22, 2013.
The City is hosting a public meeting to review the program and the Request for Proposals on April 2 at 6:30 PM at the Armory Center for the Arts, located at 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91103.
Click here for the RFP. Click here for photos of all Phase II sites.
Scroll down for images, a map and brochure of the Phase I installations.
Please contact the Cultural Affairs office at 626-744-7547 with questions.Phase I - Selection Process On February 28, 2011 the selection panel met, reviewed all artwork submissions and selected six loaned artworks and three site specific concepts as well as alternates for each of the nine locations. According to the Public Art Guidelines for City Construction Projects, a panel of arts professional and community stakeholders reviewed and selected final artworks. To ensure representation from every Council district, staff requested from Councilmembers names of community representatives from their respective districts who would serve as voting members of the selection panel along with three public art professionals. In addition, City representatives from the Building and Neighborhood Revitalization Division of the Planning & Community Development Department, Water and Power Department, and the Accessibility and Disability Commission were invited to attend in an advisory capacity and respond to any questions or concerns from the panelists.
Phase I - Implementation
On April 2, 2011 staff presented the selected artworks and concepts to City Council as an information item. Staff also presented these selections to the Arts and Culture Commission on April 13, 2011 for the Commission's review and approval. During the summer of 2011 Cultural Affairs and Public Works staff were hard at work engineering and installing footings for the artwork installations. Artworks were installed from August through December 2011. All nine artworks of the inaugural phase of the program are now installed and available for viewing. Lighting installation will be complete this winter, and a dedication event is being planned for early spring.
For images and descriptions of the installed artworks, please scroll down this page.
Phase I locations and artworks include:
Jon Seeman www.jonseeman.com
Washington and Glen, traffic island
LT Mustardseed www.ltmustardseed.com
Washington and Marengo, SW corner – Artwork temporarily removed
Cecilia Lueza www.lueza.com
Sierra Madre at New York, traffic median east of intersection
Map (distance to artwork 4 minutes)
Sunset and Mountain, NW corner
ARTS 20, 51 Saturday, 51/52
Metro 260, 762
John O’Brien www.johndavidobrien.com
Bonnie and Del Mar, SW corner
Metro 267 (at Del Mar/Bonnie), 181,686
Foothill Transit 187 (Colorado/Sierra Bonita)
Margaret Lazzari www.margaretlazzari.com
Lauren Evans www.ledarts.com
Planting a Garden
Foothill/Walnut and Del Mar, west end of raised parcel
Metro 686,256 (at Allen/Walnut) Metro 177 (at Walnut/Greenwood)
NewTown Pasadena Foundation www.newtownarts.org
Sculptor/Fabricator Alessandro Thompson www.barnaclebros.com
Poet, Kathabela Wilson www.oldflutes.com/Kathy&Rick
Poet, Don Kingfisher Campbell http://dkc1031blogspot.com
Poet, Matthew Shenoda www.matthewshenoda.com
Thadeus Frazier-Reed, Electronics www.tcfr33.com
Rima Snyder, Audio Engineer
360 by Don Kingfisher Campbell
Canto by Matthew Shenoda
Everything by Kathabela Shenoda
S Fair Oaks and W State St, grassy area at SW corner
Christie Beniston www.christiebeniston.com
N Catalina and E Union, SW corner
Metro 180,181,780 (at Lake/Colorado), 256,686
Brian Carlson www.bcarlsonart.com
Phantasmagoria of Joy
S Lake at Oakwood Pl, North end of raised island)
Convergence by Jon Seeman
Jon Seeman demonstrates the strength and drama of steel by suspending large, three-dimensional forms in the air. In Convergence, there is a play of shapes that create an optical illusion so that a sphere appears to have negated gravity and is floating in space.
Diversity by Cecilia Lueza
Diversity consists of three parts, each representing the profile of an ethnically diverse female face. Though each face refers a different ethnic background, they all share the same colors to show that we all belong to one race, the human race.
Handstand by Daniel Stern
Handstand is a life-sized, bronze male figure raised on a nine foot pole and turned upside down in a handstand position. This playful sculpture suggests what might happen when an ordinary businessman allows himself to express instantaneous joy through the flight of movement.
EnSconce'd by John O'Brien
In EnSconce’d, the artist created five outlined forms that refer to some of Pasadena’s famous architecture. The forms sit atop two triangular prisms that act as a compass, pointing to JPL and Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Planting a Garden by Margaret Lazzari and Lauren Evans
Margaret Lazzari and Lauren Evans have created a virtual garden with their site specific installation of five distinct panels with hand painted and illuminated floral images of different sizes and shapes. The panels are staggered in a zigzag configuration to maximize viewing angles and resemble a folding screen. The flowers are intended to be a metaphor for Pasadena’s diversity, each type of flower symbolizing a different cultural or ethnic group with the community.
City Speaks by NewTown Pasadena
NewTown Pasadena Foundation brings together the talents of three Pasadena poets, a sculptor and a sound designer to create a contemplative, sonic outdoor living room. The project pairs a sculptural seating component intended to recall the Arts and Crafts decorative style with an audio component that plays recorded, original poetry. The public is invited to sit on the furniture and listen to recorded personal reflections on Pasadena. 360 by Don Kingfisher Campbell Canto by Matthew Shenoda Everything by Kathabela Wilson
Topiaries by Christie Beniston
The Topiaries sculpture refers to man’s creativity and positive intervention in nature which has resulted in, at times, whimsical and refreshing combinations of shapes and forms. The colorful topiaries and their placement in an urban setting symbolize the human drive to influence nature in all types of environments.
Phantasmagoria of Joy by Brian Carlson
This playful sculpture depicts a figure in motion. According to the artist, it is a “static kinetic stop motion back flip with a ¾ twist.” The word phantasmagoria refers to an optical illusion produced by a magic lantern in which illusions are created when figures appear to increase or diminish in size, pass into each other, or dissolve.
We are pleased to announce a beautiful addition to the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program. A new, sustainable green space has been installed in the Playhouse District at Catalina Avenue and Union Street, surrounding Christie Beniston’s colorful sculpture entitled Topiaries. Transforming the previously unused parcel of land, the garden marks the successful collaboration among Cultural Affairs, the Departments of Water and Power and Public Works, and local residents who invigorated the site with the addition of rock swales and basins, drought-tolerant native plants, a new fence, benches, trash bins and picnic table.
Click here for photos of the site.