June 20, 2013 |
Contemporary art is going on tour, coming to a city near you. Proving that fashion and art remain the coziest of bedfellows, the Levi's brand is partnering with multimedia artist Doug Aitken on “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening,” a new public art project kicking off in New York City on Sept. 6 that will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support museums around the country. Aitken is designing a train (and cool-looking kinetic sculpture, see rendering above)
April 25, 2013 |
The city of Cupertino posted an updated version of Apple's proposal for its new campus that includes new details about bike amenities, expanded references to possible public art, and what appears to be a delay in the construction of one part of the campus. The latter is particularly notable in light of a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article that claimed the campus was far behind schedule and $2 billion over budget. In the updated...
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April 15, 2013 |
Before he dies, Elliot Kharkats wants to have children. We know this because the Westchester resident hand-printed that wish himself on a large chalkboard that he placed in the 8700 block of La Tijera Boulevard. Over the last several months, passersby have responded by the hundreds to express their innermost hopes. They use chalk that Kharkats helpfully provides to fill in 52 stenciled "Before I die I want to... " blanks that cover the board, which is attached to a large gate on his backyard fence.
March 5, 2013 |
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is the city's other bridge, the overlooked sister to the more beloved Golden Gate Bridge . But that could change Tuesday night. Artist Leo Villareal will flip the switch on his massive art project of 25,000 white LED lights that run 1.8 miles and 500 feet high on the bridge's west span. From dusk until 2 a.m. for the next two years, lights will shimmer with patterns that never repeat, courtesy of a program Villareal wrote for each light on the computer-controlled sculpture.
January 27, 2013
Re "Sculpture gets a reprieve," Jan. 24 Where is the common sense of the Santa Monica City Council when it comes to donated public art? The iconic "Chain Reaction" by the late Times cartoonist Paul Conrad hasn't cost the city of Santa Monica a single dime, yet it won't invest the minimal amount of maintenance necessary for such an outdoor sculpture. Could you imagine if the federal government took the same position as Santa Monica when it comes to outdoor monuments such as the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument?
January 27, 2013
Re "It pays to quit smoking at any age," Jan. 24 A comment in the article suggests the need to determine a relationship between the number of cigarettes smoked daily and the extent of disease that results. There is no safe use for any tobacco product. Tobacco use will result in either disease, disability or death. To parse the degree of damage by number of tobacco units may seem to imply that there might actually be a "safe" level. Such is not now and never will be the case.