Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program Archive


Launched in 2011, the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program seeks to create an outdoor art gallery to enliven the urban landscape, create a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors, create more venues for artwork in the City, increase exposure and opportunities for artists who live and work in Pasadena, educate the public about public art by stimulating discussion, provide a cultural draw for tourists and provide entrée for artists new to public art.

Phase I - Installation

The first Phase of the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program saw the installation of nine public art projects which remained on exhibit for a period of 18 months. The Program garnered ongoing local, regional and national attention and praise, with some of the most positive responses received from adjacent neighbors as well as local residents, tourists, artists, and other municipalities. Based on positive community response to the Program, Phase II includes expanded sites at the Convention Center and on North Lake Avenue; the Program now includes 11 total sites throughout Pasadena.

Phase II – Selection Process

A Panel comprised of two neighborhood representatives from each City Council District and three public art professionals selected these artworks from respondents to the City’s Request for Proposals in early 2013. Artworks are also reviewed by an art conservator and staff from the departments of Public Works and Transportation for appropriateness.

On June 19, 2013 the Arts and Culture Commission approved the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program Phase II Selection Panel recommendations. Phase II includes the phased installation of eight public art projects: two site-specific and six loaned artworks located throughout Pasadena on City-owned property. Site specific artworks in the Program provide an opportunity to incorporate the unique relationship of proposed art concepts to certain sites as appropriate.

Phase II includes two new sites at the Convention Center and on North Lake. The new sites were assessed and selected based on pedestrian and vehicular visibility, available footprint for sculpture pad and neighborhood plans for future site alteration or changes, and budget. The program now includes 11 total sites throughout Pasadena.

Since its inception, the Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program has generated two new garden spaces for artwork sites at Catalina and Union and Washington and Marengo that provide hospitable enhancements at formerly barren City-owned parcels.

Phase II – Implementation

In late May 2013 artists were notified of Panel recommendations. Artwork installations are scheduled to take place October 2013 – January 2014. All Phase II artworks will remain in place for a period of two years. A dedication for new artworks will be held in early 2014.

Phase II Locations and Artwork

Council District 1:
Raised island at NW corner of W. Washington Blvd. and Glen Ave.
Patricia Mitchell and Eugene Wyrick “Flora de Luz” ARTS 31/32
Metro 268
Council District 2:
Intersection at E. Foothill Blvd. and E. Walnut St.
Hiromi Takizawa “Makes a house a home” ARTS 10
Metro 686, 256, 177
Council District 3:
233 W. Mountain St. and Sunset Ave.
Donald Gialanella “Orb #5” ARTS 20, 51 Saturday, 51/52
Metro 260, 762
Council District 3:
200 E. Washington Blvd. and N. Marengo Ave.
 LT Mustardseed  “Together…Everything is Possible” ARTS 31/32
Metro 268
Council District 4:
Raised median island east of intersection at E. Sierra Madre Blvd. and New York Dr.
Joseph and John Dumbacher  “#482 Rewind” ARTS 32
Metro 487
Council District 5:
N Lake/Maple
Steven Rieman  “Sol Ray” ARTS 20
Metro 180/181, Gold Line Lake Station
Council District 5:
103 N. Catalina Ave and E. Union St.
Christie Beniston “Topiaries” ARTS 20
Metro 180,181,780 (at Lake/Colorado), 256,686
Council District 6:
300 E. Green St., Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Lobby
Kim Abeles “A Portrait of Trees in Pasadena, Part One” ARTS 10, 20, 40
Metro 180/181
Council District 7:
235 S. Bonnie Ave. and E. Del Mar Blvd.
Arnold Martin “Monument to Curiosity” ARTS 10,60
Metro 267, 181, 686
Foothill Transit 187 (Colorado/Sierra Bonita)
Council District 7:
North end of raised island at Oakwood Place and S. Lake Ave.
Nancy Mooslin  “Desert Melodies” ARTS 20
Metro 177,485
Council District 7:
1199 S. Fair Oaks Ave. and W. State St.
NewTown Pasadena FoundationSculptor/Fabricator Alessandro Thompson

Poets TBA

“City Speaks II” Metro 260