LONG BEACH — Tony DeLap, a Corona del Mar artist and teacher, has been awarded a $60,000 commission to create an abstract 18-foot steel and concrete sculpture to be permanently displayed in the courtyard plaza of an office building under construction downtown.
IDM Corp., a major developer in Long Beach, had conducted a six-month search for an artist to produce a sculpture to be incorporated into the design of the 200,000-square-foot Broadway Office Building being constructed on the site of the old Buffum's headquarters, bordered by Broadway, Pine Avenue and Pacific Avenue.
Construction, including creation and placement of the sculpture, is expected to be completed by mid-1986. According to Mary Sullivan, visual arts coordinator for the Public Corporation for the Arts which helped coordinate the selection, this is the first time a developer in Long Beach has incorporated a major sculpture into the architectural design of a building.
"It's very important to the local art community," Sullivan said. "It shows an interest by the major developer in Long Beach in supporting the arts."