City to Name Four Finalists for Glenarm Power Plant Public Art Project

Published : Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 1:35 AM

Four finalists have been chosen by a selection panel to develop conceptual design proposals for the Glenarm Power Plant Public Art Project, a part of Pasadena’s Capital Public Art Program.

According to David Reyes, Director of the City’s Planning and Community Development Department, the four finalists will be introduced during a community meeting Tuesday, June 6, hosted by the Department’s Cultural Affairs Division.

Reyes said the meeting will be held at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library, starting at 6 p.m.

The four finalists are Alice Aycock, Ned Kahn, Laura Haddad (with Tom Druggan) and Peter Tolkin (with Yunhee Min). Each of the artists/teams will make a 30-minute presentation of their past public artworks during the community meeting, Reyes said.

Pasadena’s Capital Public Art Program intends to reflect and communicate the City’s values and enhance life in the community, by producing and presenting art “that creates a more livable city, engages a wide spectrum of its citizens, stimulates the vitality and economy of the City and enhances the urban environment,” according to a request for qualifications issued earlier this year.

The Glenarm Power Plant Public Art Project called on U.S.-based artists to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, public art project using light, color, data and/or motion at the power plant. The design must align with the City’s Public Art Master Plan which envisions the Power Plant Public Art Project to be a significant gateway to the City of Pasadena.

The total budget for the Glenarm public art project is $765,000, which includes $5,000 for each of four selected proponents for them to prepare conceptual design proposals for review. $745,000 has been budgeted for project construction and installation, including a 10 percent contingency, further conceptual design, schematic and final design, working documents, oversight of fabrication and installation.

The selected artists will continue to collaborate with staff from the Cultural Affairs Division and Pasadena Water and Power to ensure that the proposed artwork meets safety standards and can be easily maintained.

According to a timeline on the project, a final artist or team will be selected in July for consideration by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission. The Commission’s recommendation will then be presented to the City Council for approval. Final design is expected to be completed in late 2017, with project installation scheduled around the middle of 2018.

For more information, visit or call the Cultural Affairs Division at (626) 744-7062.

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