Sculpture, Sculptural Installation Considered for Public art Component of Proposed Development at Space Bank Site

Published : Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 4:46 AM

Pasadena’s Arts and Culture Commission, which advises the city council on matters pertaining to the City’s arts and cultural program, will decide March 13, on a recommendation to approve a pair of on-site public sculptures for the mixed-use project proposed for 3200 East Foothill Boulevard.

Planning for the development is moving forward, even as detailed actions to remove toxins at the site remain to be finalized.

The sculptures are in fulfillment of the Public Art Requirement for the project that Pasadena Gateway, LLC, a division of Dallas-based Trammell Crow, Inc., is developing.

Rochelle Branch, manager, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of Planning and Community Development, is recommending approval of the selected artists, Ball-Nogues Studio in Los Angeles and Seattle-based artist Val Britton, along with their proposed artworks.

Branch’s staff report for the commission revealed that Ball-Nogues will build a tensioned metal membrane suspended sculptural installation, and Britton will mount a painted, layered metal-mounted sculpture.

The report said the selected artists are “of the highest artistic merit, sensitive to the City’s cultural diversity, and can contribute to the characteristics and unique expressions of Pasadena’s values.”

Their proposed art concepts also “encourage local artistic endeavors, public dialogue and interaction with art in public places,” the report said.

Branch added the concepts resulted from the artists’ research on the curatorial approach, the site’s history, its intended future uses, specific development goals.

To survey the historical elements remaining on the property, the developer engaged Pasadena Heritage and conservationist Jenna Snow.

That effort led to the identification of four on-site objects that needed preservation, or integration into the new development: a variable atmospheric tank, a torpedo monument, an old flagpole, and an anchor seal.

After discussions regarding Pasadena Gateway’s intention to preserve and integrate the historic elements into the new construction, a specific site for the artworks was finalized, and the selection process for the artists started.

Branch’s report showed that Now Art, the City’s public art consultant, reviewed about fifty artists in a multi-tiered selection process until Ball-Nogues and Britton were finally selected.

The Arts and Culture Commission’s meeting Wednesday begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hale Building at 175 North Garfield Avenue.

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