Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park

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Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park

At its meeting on December 9, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission will evaluate all seven proposals for Phase 7 of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park. The Friends Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, located at 1000 Avocado Avenue in the Newport Beach area, will show the film beginning at 5 p.m.

The City Arts Commission will be evaluating sculptures for placement in Civic Center Park, in addition to a curatorial panel that includes May Sun, a freelance artist whose work has been shown nationally and internationally, and Brian Peterson, the creator of The Faces of Santa Ana (a nonprofit organization that helps homeless people through art rehabilitation). The selection of art must satisfy the following criteria: artistic excellence, endurance, usefulness, and site adaptability. From December 10 through January 10, the general public will have a vote for the top ten sculptures on an internet poll open to everyone. The city of Newport Beach will display the new pieces in Civic Center Park for two years, attracting tourists and locals alike.

The Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park is one of Newport Beach’s most prominent features. Peter Walker and Partners (PWP), a well-known landscape architectural firm, created Civic Center Park, which transformed nearly half a million square feet of vacant ground into a new public park. The City Arts Commission thought that a two-year loan of art was the most cost-effective strategy to bring the sculpture to Newport Beach, therefore it established an initial rotational display in Civic Center Park as part of its mission.

The show is open to the public and admission is free. The exhibition has developed into a “museum without walls” that features a unique, naturalistic setting for the temporary display of public art. Furthermore, because the City has a well-balanced representation of public art that meets artistic worth, durability, functionality, and site adaptability criteria in the selection of work, it may do so. The exhibit’s rotation maintains residents and visitors from seeing the same work for too long.

On February 9, 2021, the Newport Beach City Council gave their consent for ten new sculptures for Phase VI of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, as well as three possibilities. From June 2021 onwards, Arts Orange County will install the pieces. The sculptures in Phase VI will be on loan until June 2023.

Arts Orange County oversaw the installation of the artworks, which included construction and art coordination services. For two years, they will be on show in Civic Center Park.

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