RDA and Arts Council for Long Beach to Dedicate New Public Art Project
2011-11-18 · By Editor
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach, announces the dedication of a new permanent public art project for The Promenade on Tuesday, November 22, at 11 am.
Image Emergence: Promenade of the Clouds by Craig Cree Stone is an integrated public artwork located on the south block of The Promenade in Downtown Long Beach. The artwork is composed of five large-scale, stainless steel sculptures, which cast shadow images based upon the themes of flight and the future. The cast shadows appear and disappear depending upon the time of day and weather conditions. In addition, 12 illusionistic shadows, which complement the sculptures, are permanently stained into the concrete. At night, the free-standing sculptural elements are illuminated to create images that are evocative of constellations.
“The Promenade has been transformed by the improvements made by the RDA in recent years,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District. “By providing inviting public spaces where people can appreciate art and build a sense of community, the RDA is helping the downtown live up to its reputation as a desirable place to live, work or visit.”
In recent years, the RDA has been facilitating the revitalization of The Promenade, the City’s unique downtown pedestrian walkway that stretches from Ocean Boulevard to 3rd Street. With the completion of three mixed-use developments, landscape and streetscape improvements, and a public art plaza, The Promenade is a destination everyone can enjoy.
This project was planned and integrated as part of The Promenade development which also includes two additional public artworks – Aerial Plaza by Carl Cheng, which was unveiled in 2010, and the historic 1938 WPA Mosaic, Long Beach Recreation, by Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Albert King.
The artist was selected through a competitive, local call-to-artists, which included a peer-panel review process with participation from both community members as well as art and design professionals.
Beyond its enriching personal benefits, public art increases a community’s assets and expresses a community’s positive sense of identity and values. It helps green space thrive, enhances roadside, pedestrian corridors, and commercial gateways. It inspires residents’ sense of civic pride and ownership in their community.
About the Artist – Born in Reno, Nevada, and raised in Riverside, Craig Cree Stone has been a resident of Long Beach since the mid-1970s when he came to California State University, Long Beach as a student. Currently, he is Professor of Art and Indian Studies at CSULB where he teaches studio art and public art courses. As an artist, Stone is known for his public artworks that often incorporate the use of shadows to allude to the history of their sites. He has received numerous public art commissions and his work is in the collection of several municipalities in Southern California including: Shadows Casting on the Shore in Belmont Shore, Hilltop Perspectives: Earth Upon Water on Hilltop Park in Signal Hill and Oasis of the Fossil Dunes at City Hall in the City of Manhattan Beach.
About the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency – For over 45 years, the mission of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has been to improve the quality of life by revitalizing neighborhoods, promoting economic development, creating jobs, providing affordable housing, and encouraging citizen participation. For more information, visit www.LongBeachRDA.org.
About the Arts Council for Long Beach – The Arts Council for Long Beach fosters excellence in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural endeavors by supporting arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. The Arts Council provides access for families, children, and the community to a broad spectrum of creative expressions and cultural experiences by building strategic partnerships and programs that weave arts and culture into the fabric of our community. For more information on the Arts Council and its programs visit: www.artslb.org.