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Bringing Art Out Into the Open

Feb 28, 2012

Convergence by Jon Seeman 300x202 Bringing Art Out Into the Open public art Pasadena Rotating Public Art outdoor art gallery Jon Seeman christie beniston cecilia lueza  photoThe city of Pasadena is taking art to the streets.

Nine works of art have been installed in each of the city’s council districts as part of the inaugural Rotating Public Art Exhibition that’s described as the public’s “outdoor art gallery.” Cultural Nexus (part of the city’s Cultural Master Plan) is a way to “enliven the urban landscape, and increase exposure and opportunities for artists who live and work in Pasadena.”

Artist Jon Seeman has created an optical illusion of steel. Painted firehouse red, “Convergence” seems to defy logic and float in space in the middle of the Washington and Glen traffic island.

Diversity by Cecilia Lueza 175x284 Bringing Art Out Into the Open public art Pasadena Rotating Public Art outdoor art gallery Jon Seeman christie beniston cecilia lueza  photo“All people belong to one race,” is the theme behind Cecilia Lueza‘s “Diversity” sculpture at Sierra Madre and New York. Each of the three profiles are women and members of a different ethnic background, but are unified through Lueza’s use of style and color.

The word topiary may bring forth images of shrubs clipped into ornamental shapes, but Christie Beniston has taken that form to a whole new level to create three vibrant, whimsical, man-made topiaries to depict man’s positive interaction with nature, as well as his “drive” to influence it.

All of the art pieces will be on view for the next eighteen months. The opening dedication will kick off this Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at Sidney F. Tyler Park, South Lake Avenue at Oakwood Place, which is south of California Boulevard.

For details of each installation, visit cityofpasadena.net where you can also download a brochure.

Topiaries by Christie Beniston Bringing Art Out Into the Open public art Pasadena Rotating Public Art outdoor art gallery Jon Seeman christie beniston cecilia lueza  photo




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