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Santa Monica Recognized for New Public Art


By Lookout Staff

July 1, 2011--From the “Chain Reaction” sculpture at the Civic Center to the proposed “Solar Wave” that was shot down, public art has long been part of the civic and cultural fabric of Santa Monica.

Last month, three Santa Monica art projects were among the 47 works selected by Americans for the Arts as outstanding public artworks of 2010 from over 400 submittals” from across the country.

Cradle by well-known Los Angeles artists Ball Nogues Studio and Wheels by Anne Marie Karlsen were signaled out as works whose artists took risks in creating signature pieces that play with scale.

Anne Marie Karlsen, Wheels, 2010, 2nd Street/Colorado Ball Nogues Studio, Cradle, 2010, 4th Street/Broadway

The artists were selected by a panel of experts in 2008 to create unique, site-specific artwork for Santa Monica’s Parking Structures 7 and 8 as part of the overall renovation of both facilities. Unveiled in 2010, Cradle and Wheels were the latest additions to the City’s extensive public art collection.

Americans for the Arts also signaled out Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division in the “Visionary Leadership” category for Glow, the city’s all-night art event. Held on September 25th, Glow 2010 featured 20 art installations with more than 100 participating artists and was attended by more than 150,000 people.

Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, shapednoise, Glow 2010

“It is especially meaningful to be honored by one’s peers,” said Glow Artistic Director Marc Pally. The recognition “gives us the drive to create an even more spectacular event for 2013”

Established in 1984, “The City’s Percent for Art Program” spurred a collection of more than 150 works by artists from throughout the world, City officials said.

Since 2000, the ‘Year in Review’ has recognized a select number of outstanding public art projects. Each year, public art professionals serve as jurors to select up to 50 public art projects that represent the most compelling work from across the country. This program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects.

For more information about the City of Santa Monica’s Percent for Art Program, visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at:


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