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Big Wet DogSculpture in Civic Center Park

The Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition is the City's largest display of public art.  Ten pieces were installed in September of 2014 throughout the the award-winning park for this temporary exhibition.  In September 2015, an additional ten sculptures will be installed will be added to the exhibition and remain until 2017.  For more information go the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition.


McFadden Square Sculpture Unveiling

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.

Location: Newport Pier, 72 McFadden Place, Newport Beach

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. For information on engraving recognition opportunities, please call (949) 644-3001 or download and submit the McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Donor Form.

Ben Carlson Memorial Ben Carlson Memorial Statue

The sculpture honoring lifeguard Ben Carlson, who died in the line of duty on July 6, 2014, was installed in McFadden Square at Newport Pier in July 2016. The 9-foot statue, erected near the lifeguard headquarters, depicts Carlson gazing towards the ocean prepared for a rescue.

The lifeguard building was renamed the Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters and a foundation, the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation, was created by lifeguards, friends and family to raise awareness about ocean safety, to help under-served children and to raise money for college scholarships.

The memorial was part of the Foundation’s mission. His brother-in-law, artist Jake Janz, spearheaded the project. For more information on the Ben Carlson Foundation, click here.

Location: Newport Pier, 72 McFadden Place, Newport Beach



Friendship statue

Nakayoshi - Good Friends

This sculpture was presented as a gift from Okazaki, Japan in 1994 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the two cities "Sister City" relationship.

Location:  Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach


Butterfly Sculpture

Dawn to Dusk in the Estuary

This butterfly sculpture was created as part of the Butterfly Initiative Project in 2005 by artists Kathleen Harrison and Arlene Cartozian. 

Location: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach


 Marine Memorial full view

Marine 1/1 Memorial Sculpture

In 2003 the citizens of Newport Beach adopted the First Battalion 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.

Location: Castaways Park, 700 Dover Drive, Newport Beach





Mine (clock tower)

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. The green bronze edifice was installed in August 2005.

Location:Centennial Park, Marguerite Avenue/ E Coast Highway, Newport Beach


Reagan Statue

Ronald Reagan Statue

This sculpture, created by artist Miriam Baker was created in 2011 in honor of President Ronald Reagan’s Centennial Birthday.  Originally installed in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, the sculpture was moved to the Civic Center Park in 2017.

Location: Civic Center Park, near the corner of San Miguel and Avocado Avenue







Seagulls in flightSeagulls in Flight

The sculpture was was commissioned by the Friends of the Library in memory of Molly McClintock, a local teen who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1960. In 2015, the sculpture was restored by Lanzini Art Restorers and stand in front of the Corona del Mar Branch Library.





Sunset Years-smSunset Years

In celebration of the Balboa Island Centennial in 2016, sculptors Miriam Baker and Rhonda Jones - with support from the Balboa Island Improvement Association - donated the sculpture to the City of Newport Beach.  The piece, created by Ms. Baker and fellow artist Rhonda Jones, is a representational life-size bronze of an elderly couple seated on a bench enjoying the sunset.  The piece is meant to serve as an appreciation and celebration of Balboa Island life.

Location: Balboa Island, South Bay Front at Turquoise Avenue, Newport Beach