Public Art Coming to a Corner Near You

Sep 8, 2011

"Convergence," by Jon Seeman, now at the traffic island at Washington Boulevard and Glen Avenue.

This week Pasadena began to see the fruit of more than two years of planning—the installation of several pieces of public art, creatively positioned in unexpected spots such as the pocket park on Washington just east of the 210. We’ve seen three pieces on our jaunts about town and think this is a fine addition to our city.

These first four vibrant works of art were installed as part of the City of Pasadena’s new Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program, and five more will be installed by the end of the year. This inaugural exhibition will be in place for 18 months and will be followed by  additional displays of rotating artworks—all paid for by Pasadena’s requirement that 1% of every construction budget be spent on public art.

Public art projects in cities diverse as West Hollywood, Palm Springs and Paris have long added to the cities’ allure. With extensive community outreach, Pasadena selected unusual locations, including traffic islands and medians, with a goal of transforming unnoticed little posts into exciting destinations with artwork that is kinetic and interactive, sometimes with multisensory sound and lighting.

"Handstand," by Daniel Stern, at Sunset Avenue and Mountain Street.

For more information about the artists and artworks, and to view maps and bus routes of the locations of these works and other public art in Pasadena, visit or call the Cultural Affairs Division at 626.744.7062.



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