RDA & Arts Council Plant Sea Grass on Ocean Blvd.
2011-03-17 · By Editor
Public art is a community asset that expresses a places positive sense of identity and values. The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB), announces the installation of a new permanent public art piece downtown.
Sea Grass by Barbara Grygutis, a large-scale sculpture that captures the ebb and flow of ocean seagrass, has been installed in the median at Ocean Boulevard and Chestnut Avenue. At night, the 30-foot sculpture is illuminated, creating a beacon of light on the corridor, which serves as an entrance to many entering Long Beach via the 710 and 110 freeways.
“This latest public art installation is a unique landmark on the Ocean Boulevard corridor,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District. “Sea Grass serves as a beautiful gateway for the downtown and evokes Long Beach’s historical ties and proximity to the ocean.”
The sculpture by Grygutis was selected through a competitive, national call-to-artists, which included a two-phase panel review with participation from both community members as well as art and design professionals.
“The partnership between the RDA and the Arts Council for Long Beach provides a process whereby outstanding professional artists, both local to Long Beach and outside Long Beach, propose their work and are chosen for specific sites in the city identified by the RDA,” said Craig Watson, Executive Director of the ACLB. “Sea Grass represents a stunning and beautiful welcome to the city at one of our important entryways. This is an artwork everyone can enjoy.”
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 improving blighted areas of Long Beach, revitalizing neighborhoods, promoting economic development, creating jobs, providing affordable housing, and encouraging citizen participation. For more information on the RDA, 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.