RDA unveils massive art project in downtown Long Beach

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The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach (Arts Council), announces Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad – a new, innovative temporary public art project in downtown Long Beach.

Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad, by artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe of Los Angeles-based Greenmeme, uses port-related objects and materials to create a canopy and stage for hosting outdoor performances, workshops and events.

The public is invited to its dedication, on the northwest corner of Ocean Boulevard and Lime Avenue, on August 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm.

“Public art reflects a community’s commitment to creativity and culture,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District. “Placing art in the public realm provides an opportunity for community engagement while also enhancing the urban environment.”

Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad is a part of the RDA’s ongoing commitment to public art, which includes the use of temporary projects as placeholders for development. The project is located on RDA-owned land that will become part of the Shoreline Gateway mixed-use high-rise development.

Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad provides an innovative approach to temporarily activate this future redevelopment site with a dynamic and interactive space,” said Amy Bodek, Executive Director of the RDA. “This installation is a unique addition to the growing portfolio of temporary public art initiatives in Long Beach and allows the RDA to work with cutting edge artists at the community level. It is just one more strategy in our overall ‘citybuilding’ efforts.”

Constructing Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad required a team of individuals to weave more than 30,000 linear feet of boat rope to create the lace canopy and shade structure. The canopy will be supported by a familiar Long Beach icon, the crane. Beneath the canopy, a modular stage, made from reclaimed lumber, will follow the orientation of the canopy and engage its shadows.

In addition to funding provided by the RDA, partial support for the “Urban Lab” and related programming comes from the Los Angeles County Art Commission. Over the course of its two-year installation, the Arts Council for Long Beach’s “A LOT Series” will bring temporary visual and performance based artwork to the site.

At 5:30 pm, after the dedication, there will be a panel discussion about public art and a free lace-making workshop, demonstrating the techniques that created the canopy and shade structure. The site will also be host to an event sponsored by the Summer And Music (SAM) music series starting at 7:00 pm.

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