April 14, 1992 |
Michael Asher's new work for the Stuart Collection of outdoor sculpture is no ordinary drinking fountain. But neither is it an extraordinary work of public art. The granite-clad fountain, situated on a grassy median strip on the campus of UC San Diego, occupies a juncture between the past and the present. Down a path from the fountain stands a stone monument that marks the site as the former Camp Matthews, a military training facility from 1917 to 1964.
October 31, 2001 |
In art today, is anything more difficult than commissioning new sculpture for a public setting? It's hard enough just to buy a significant outdoor sculpture that already exists and then site it well. Starting the process from scratch, on the other hand, with only an advisory committee and a gifted artist and vague idea of location in mind, creates a wide margin for error. A casual survey of public art projects in American cities from coast to coast shows that what can go wrong often does.
May 23, 1993 |
Famous for its Nobel laureates, supercomputer and science programs, the campus of UC San Diego is also a 2,000-acre canvas upon which a dozen artists already have made their mark. Shady eucalyptus groves punctuate the sprawling university, with its eclectic architecture and richly varied terrain. Modular concrete dorms cascade down the side of one shallow canyon, while a woodsy, rambling complex of student facilities sits in another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1991 |
The San Diego Unified Port District is trying to resurrect its troubled, $2.2 million public art program, which began in 1982 but which to date has seen only one work installed. It has hired two consultants to conduct public hearings and develop a master plan. The last of four hearings is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Embarcadero, 1355 N. Harbor Drive. The Port commissioners could establish a sort of Stuart Collection of sculpture on the waterfront. There is no reason that they can't do something as significant as what the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego has done.
April 22, 1988 |
William Wegman's "La Jolla Vista View" has become the seventh work to enter the Stuart Collection of outdoor sculpture at UC San Diego. Wegman, a New York photographer and video artist noted for his wry sense of humor, parodies traditional scenic overlooks and rest stops in the installation, which includes benches, binoculars and a drawing of the suburban view from the site.
May 6, 1986 |
The Stuart Foundation is creating one of the great collections of public art in the United States at UC San Diego. The most recently installed work, and possibly the most problematic for the public, is "Something Pacific" by Korean-born artist Nam June Paik, a resident of New York since 1964. Paik came to sculpture from music through the medium of television. He used TV sets in his musical compositions for their random sounds, as John Cage some decades before had used radios.