GRAND OPENING: SCULPTURE IN THE CIVIC CENTER PARK EXHIBITION
The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will host a grand opening celebration for the inaugural Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition on Saturday, September 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Grand Opening will include walking tours of the Sculpture Exhibition, art activities in the Civic Center Park coordinated by the Orange County Museum of Art, and a presentation by the City Arts Commission and City Council at 3 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.
SCULPTURE IN THE NEWPORT BEACH CIVIC CENTER PARK EXHIBITION
Ten pieces of artwork have been selected by a special panel of jurors for installation in the Scupture in the Newport Beach Civic Center Park Exhibition. The works will be prominently showcased for a period of two years (summer 2014-summer 2016) in the heart of Newport Beach at the newly created Civic Center Park. The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden.
A presentation of the selections was made before City Council and approved in May 2014. Installation of the sculptures in the Civic Center Park is anticipated to be completed in September 2014.
McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Project
The McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Project was unveiled in a special ceremony on Monday, July 21, 2008 to commemorate the City's 100 years of history.
The public art and urban beautification project, which has been constructed at the base of Newport Pier, includes granite benches surrounding a bronze sculpture and a circular walking path marked with significant events from throughout the city’s history. The sculpture, created by artist Hank Kaminsky of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a bronze sphere, five feet in diameter, with words and images illustrating significant events in the history of the 100 year history of the City of Newport Beach.
The project was inspired by the Centennial Anniversary celebration held in 2006 and funded with $500,000 of private donations from over 650 individuals, organizations and companies. Donors names are engraved on the granite surfaces throughout the project.
Engraving spaces are still available at the $5,000 and $2,500 donation levels. The McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Project fundraising committee is currently designating an additional area (Phase II) on the project for donations at the $250-$1,000 levels. To be part of the project, interested parties must fill out a Donor Application and submit it, along with their donation, to the Cultural Arts Services Office inside the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts Coordinator at (949) 717-3870.
"Nakayoshi - Good Friends"
This sculpture, located in the front of the Newport Beach Central Library, was presented as a gift from Okazaki, Japan to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the two cities "Sister City" relationship.
Dawn to Dusk in the Estuary
This butterfly sculpture was created as part of the Butterfly Innitiative Project in 2005 by artists Kathleen Harrison and Arlene Cartozian. It is currently on display at the Environmental Nature Center at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach.
Marine 1/1 Memorial Sculpture
In 2003 the citizens of Newport Beach adopted the First Battallion First Marines, First Marine Division. In 2008, this memorial sculpture was "created in honor of the men and women of the 1/1 who paid the ultimate price in defending our nation and our freedom." It stands overlooking the Back Bay and Newport Harbor in Castaways Park.
This iron sculpture by Rafe Affleck is located in an exterior corridor at City Hall, 3330 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. It was created in honor of the bi-centennial anniversary of the United States.
Corona Del Mar Clock Tower and Tile Wall
This clock tower and surrounding wall was created by the Corona del Mar Centennial Committee in honor of Corona del Mar's Centennial Anniversary. It is located at the corner of Marguerite Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
This sculpture, created by artist Miriam Baker was created in 2011 in honor of President Ronald Reagan’s Centennial Birthday. The sculpture is located at the NW section of Bonita Canyon Sports Park on Ford Road.