The city of Santa Monica is seeking state permission to place a pair of 18-foot sculptured beach chairs in its proposed Natural Elements Sculpture Park on the sand south of Santa Monica Pier.
The application was submitted to the California Coastal Commission this week, according to Arts Commission director David Lutz. He said the state board, which must approve all permanent construction in the coastal zone, is expected to consider the permit in the next six weeks.
The beach chairs, designed by San Francisco artist Douglas Hollis, could be in place by autumn, Lutz said.
Hollis calls his creation "wind-harp beach chairs." The backs of the chairs will be made of pipes that respond sonically to the wind; some will make sounds like a pipe organ, others like a harp. Beachgoers will be able to sit in them. The cost of the sculptures is estimated at $17,000.
If additional funds are available, the city will buy a second pair of the chairs, Lutz said. Hollis, who is collaborating on another sculpture in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, also designed a wind organ for UC Berkeley.