Newly Installed Site-Responsive Public Artworks

Arroyo Sculpture by Kellan Shanahan Banner

The Cultural Affairs Division is excited to announce the installation of two new public artworks in Council Districts 2 and 7, as part of the fourth iteration of the City’s Rotating Public Art Program. These site-responsive artworks will be on display for a 36-month exhibition period and are intended to enliven Pasadena with a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors, while activating overlooked corners of the City.

Located in District 2 at the split of E. Foothill Blvd and E. Walnut St., artist Kellan Shanahan has constructed “Arroyo”, a custom Corten steel sculpture inspired by the geography of the nearby Arroyo Seco. Utilizing topographic data from NASA’s SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission), the artwork presents the landscape as an aesthetic form sculpted by the machinery of nature. The artwork also pays homage to the scientific contributions of NASA and JPL towards appreciating the natural environment and data-driven efforts to mitigate climate change.

Located in District 7 at the southwest corner of Bonnie Ave and Del Mar Blvd, artist-team In Theory Art Collective has installed “Rosa Geometrica”. Constructed from layers of powered-coated steel, the sculpture features a large unfolding geometric flower rose in various hues of dichroic paint. Inspired by the historic significance and iconography of the rose, the artist-team juxtaposes the organic with the mathematical, the symbolic with the scientific, producing a sculpture that echoes the diverse identities and cultures of Pasadena.

Established in 2011, the Rotating Public Art Program is intended to complement the permanency of both the Private Development and Capital Public Art Programs by placing artworks throughout the City that activate unusual locations, transforming small, often unnoticed areas into exciting destinations for visitors and residents to discover. By presenting original artworks at established locations, the program encourages residents and visitors to circulate throughout the City and experience the entirety of each exhibition.

For more information about the City’s Rotating Public Art Program, visit: or contact Corey Dunlap, Public Art Coordinator, Planning & Community Development Department:, (626) 744-7547.