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June 18, 2004 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Ned KAHN says some pretty strange things for a man who has spent the last six years helping to design the brand new, $2-million Helen and Peter Bing Children's Garden, which opens Saturday at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Things like, he doesn't much believe in the concept of children's exhibits or children's museums, and he's not really crazy about the term "educational" either. "I think that if you build good things, everyone will be into it," Kahn says.
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June 18, 2004 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Ned KAHN says some pretty strange things for a man who has spent the last six years helping to design the brand new, $2-million Helen and Peter Bing Children's Garden, which opens Saturday at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Things like, he doesn't much believe in the concept of children's exhibits or children's museums, and he's not really crazy about the term "educational" either. "I think that if you build good things, everyone will be into it," Kahn says.
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March 8, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Art Appointments: Kathleen Whitaker, a specialist on Navajo textiles, is the new chief curator at the Southwest Museum. Whitaker, who was the museum's assistant curator of anthropology from 1969-75, also has been chief curator at the San Diego Museum of Man and assistant professor of anthropology at Cal State San Bernardino. . . . San Francisco artist Ned Kahn will collaborate with architects on the $3.5-million restoration of the Ventura Pier, scheduled for completion in June, 1992.
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February 6, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL
San Francisco artist Ned Kahn has been chosen by the city of Ventura to incorporate artwork into the $3.5-million Ventura Pier restoration project, city officials said Tuesday. Kahn, 30, is the exhibit designer for Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum in San Francisco, and has worked on several public art projects in such locations as Pierce College in Washington, the new Phoenix Airport terminal, Chevron Corp.'s office building in downtown San Francisco, and the San Francisco County Jail.
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June 29, 2003 | Diane Haithman
Barton Myers, a Westwood architect best known locally for designing the flexible, multipurpose Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, is once again creating buildings for the arts -- but this time in Arizona. Barton Myers & Associates and Architekton of Tempe have announced a September groundbreaking for a new visual and performing arts center, the Tempe Center for the Arts.
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April 6, 1991 | MACK REED
The Ventura City Council has agreed to pay a San Francisco artist $55,000 to design artwork for the restoration of the 119-year-old Ventura Pier. The council voted unanimously Monday to commission artist Ned Kahn to design and install an outdoor artwork as part of $3.5 million of renovations planned for the pier.
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October 3, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirteen months after it was closed for repairs, California's longest wooden pier reopened Saturday amid much fanfare. As Ventura Mayor Greg Carson cut a ceremonial red ribbon to officially reopen the pier at noon, cannons were fired from a flotilla of boats and about 100 people dived into the water to swim around the 121-year-old landmark. The $3.5-million renovation stretches the Ventura Pier to 1,958 feet. The entire pier deck was redone, and about 17% of the pilings were replaced.
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November 30, 1991 | CAITLIN ROTHER
The city of Ventura and a Ventura woman have been chosen as two of 41 winners of the 1991 "Take Pride in California" award. Ventura, the state Department of Parks and Recreation and the California Coastal Conservancy joined forces to forge a plan for the 120-year-old Ventura Pier, prompted by a damaging winter storm in 1986 and rising maintenance costs. Their efforts have secured $3.
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October 12, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
A San Francisco artist has been commissioned by the city of Ventura to create a copper water fountain for its pier as part of a $3.5-million restoration project, officials said Friday. The six-foot-tall fountain, to be installed near the end of the Ventura Pier, will use wave energy to spray a stream of seawater into the air. "It's really a controlled, small-scale blowhole," said kinetic artist Ned Kahn, creator of the $80,000 fountain.
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July 29, 1993 | LEONARD REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A distinctive dimension of the newly rebuilt Ventura Pier will be the incorporation of public art: a sculpture titled "Wavespout," by San Francisco artist Ned Kahn. "Wavespout" is a six-foot circle of thick copper tubing that mimics the action of a naturally formed blowhole on a rocky ocean shoreline. To achieve this, a mechanical chain of events is set in motion by waves passing beneath the pier. First, a reservoir of water is maintained in a lower loop of the sculpture by an electric pump.
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August 4, 1996 | MARTHA IRVINE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's not always easy for Ned Kahn to explain what he does for a living. He's part artist, part scientist, part kid. And he uses things like water hoses, cloudy fluids and sand-like glass beads to create tornadoes and sandstorms. "Oh," said a businesswoman who once sat next to him on an airplane. "So you're kind of a fine arts plumber." Or a rebel with a hose.
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