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Calling All Artists: Sculpture Garden Accepting Submissions

Jan 04, 2015 02:50PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

"There, Now" by Rebecca Lowry

Are you a sculptor, or an artist with a creative vision? If you'd like to have your work featured in Manhattan Beach's Sculpture Garden Exhibition, now's the time to make your submission.

The City of Manhattan Beach's Cultural Arts Commission is currently seeking artwork for its 5th Annual Sculpture Garden Exhibition. To be considered, you must submit an application by Friday, January 9 at 4:00 p.m. The Cultural Arts Commission will select finalists to submit a model by February 2015, after which the City Council will give its approval to the finalists.

Through the Sculpture Garden Exhibition program, the approved artists agree to loan their artwork to the City for a 12-month period with ownership rights remaining with the artists. The sculptures are mounted on a pole with a base structure that is provided by the city and are displayed throughout the city offices and fire/police complex in downtown Manhattan Beach. Current artwork on display includes "There, Now" by Rebecca Lowry, "Totem" by Solomon Bassoff and Domenica Mottarella, "Kelp" by Frank Mando, "Swell" by Alex Weinstein, "Remember When" by Kent Kraber, "Not a Step" by Christian Tedeschi, and "Chairman of the Board" by Steve Reimans.

Artists are encouraged to be creative in their selection of materials while considering safety requirements common to publicly accessible works of art. The sculpture can be any shape, form or design, as long as it maintains a minimum of 7 feet of clearance for pedestrians to walk underneath whenever it extends beyond the base. The artwork must withstand a public and marine environment, including occasionally windy conditions. The city engineers will review each design for safety and will recommend modifications if necessary.

The Sculpture Garden Program was created in 2009 as a temporary outdoor exhibition. The program aims to increase interest in the community for public art while offering artists a unique opportunity to showcase their original sculptural work to thousands of Manhattan Beach visitors. The Sculpture Garden Program is supported by the city’s Public Art Trust Fund, which is funded by a 1% development fee and does not impact the general fund.

For questions about the application process, contact Cultural Arts Manager Martin Betz at (310) 802-5406.

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