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Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park - Phase V Call for Entries

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is pleased to announce a call for entries for Phase V of its ongoing invitational Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park. Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit artworks for consideration for temporary exhibition at the site from May 2020 to June 2022.

This is a unique opportunity to display artworks in a serene, ocean-view setting that attracts Newport Beach residents as well as tourists from around the world. The prior four phases of this exhibition have delighted and enriched visitors with the works of world-class artists both local and international. 

Application and Selection Criteria

Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park - Phase IV

The City Arts Commission invites the public to explore the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the City's largest display of public art. The Sculpture Exhibition was first installed in 2014 with sculptures on loan for two-year periods. Phase IV showcases ten large-scale pieces, which will be on display until June 2021.




Artist: Scott Froschauer

Veteran of both the Smithsonian and Burning Man, Scott Froschauer has a disruptively simple word of instruction for us in START Now. Froschauer created this sign using official design specs and parts from the Department of Transportation – a bureaucratic Trojan Horse for a touch of personal inspiration and, literal, reflection.

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Wind Swept

Artist: Lake Daffner

Angelic forms in stainless steel make for a dazzling trio in Lake Daffner’s Wind Swept. Raised in Las Vegas, the up-and-coming sculptor Daffner infuses this collection of figures with both elegance and showmanship.  Reflecting sunlight, moonlight, and weather, their changing shades makes them come alive.

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Chairman of the Board

Artist: Steven Rieman

Steven Rieman uses the title to clue you in to the subject of this frisky kinetic work – a surfer in a state of both wildness and balance on a great, swooping wave. With dozens of works installed across Southern California, Rieman acknowledges the delicate balance between advancing technology and the preservation of the natural environment.

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The Tot

Artist: Richard Becker

The Tot is ready to jump into the water, and his goggled-and-swim-trunked figure produces instant delight on viewing. Perhaps influenced by the steampunk movement, Richard Becker has made this little stainless steel boy cartoonish, but instantly relatable; a remarkable contrast from more sober commissions like his monument to P.O.W.s at the U.S. National Cemetery.

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Spy Boy

Artist: David Buckingham

Los Angeles artist David Buckingham has assembled coated scrap steel into the colorful Spy Boy. An idol-like figure with his over-sized head and ritualistic stance, he calls viewers from far away to come closer and appreciate his ingenious construction. Buckingham’s resume connects him back to the irreverent influences of the mid-20th century counter-culture; still able to both delight and broaden perspectives today.

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Feathers in the Wind

Artist: Alex G

The name Feathers in the Wind perfectly distills what the work gives you – the kinetic energy of a bird’s flight, captured in brilliant, reflective blue. Well-known in San Diego and exhibited frequently all over Southern California, Alex G’s use of realistic forms, which resonate with his Native American cultural heritage, are a gift to any natural, outdoor setting.

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Slices of Heaven

Artist: Craig Gray

The poppy colors and whimsical subjects of Craig Gray’s sculptures have already graced the Civic Center Park in the form of his delicious Popsicles. Though Gray calls Florida home, the orange shades that cover Slices of Heaven seem custom designed to bask in the Southern California sun, playfully recalling the agricultural heritage that gives our home county its name.

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Artist: Stephanie Bachiero

The flowing porcelain curves of Pinnacle communicate both power and grace. Orange County native Stephanie Bachiero, represented by the prestigious Peter Blake Gallery, shows the elegance of great minimalist work while never hiding the deep personal meaning shaping things from beneath the surface.

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Artist: John Merigian

The larger-than-life figure, Contender commands a striking pose on a stroll through the rolling hills of the Civic Center Park. His smaller cousin Be Still and Know was part of Phase III of the Exhibition. As the sunlight shifts around all the complex angles of John Merigian’s welded corten figure, the sensation of bold motion, and its joyful nod towards the sky, inspires at any hour. 

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Artist: Ray Katz

Michigan sculptor Ray Katz’s masterful ability to stir up energy from abstract forms is on riotous display with Hurricane. The monumental open-beam architecture of Newport Beach’s City Hall is reflected by the interlocking aluminum shapes of this work. They feel alive and chaotic from any angle, and yet careful study reveals the intricate relationships between elements which conspire to summon this energy.

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Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park - Phase III


The exhibition period for four pieces from Phase III has been extended, and they will be on display through the end of January 2020.


Burnt Matchstick

Artist: Karl Unnasch

Physically inspired by radio tower design, this 40-foot sculpture, with its soft-glowing beacon and slow flicker, captures a fleeting moment in time: the split-second after a burning wooden matchstick has been extinguished by a gust of air. Varying combinations of amber, black, blue and white domestic opalescent glass aggregate in a multi-planar fashion in the construction of this larger-than-life, seemingly innocuous object.




Getting Your Bearings

Artist: David Boyer

Inspired by antique industrial artifacts that can be found in the historic areas of the Western United States, Getting Your Bearings is a kinetic wind sculpture that is monumental in size, whimsical in style, and antique in appearance. Three steel and stainless steel paddle wheels sit atop a massive steel base, trunk and branches, turn effortlessly  to create an overhead kaleidoscope of light and shadow.




Life is a Balancing Act

Artist: Cindy Debold

Life is a Balancing Act, is a life size bronze sculpture of a young girl balancing on one foot, with her eyes closed. Standing on a rock is symbolic of a solid foundation and the closed eyes convey that life continually demands a degree of trust for it is always changing and we need to readjust to keep our balance.





Cultural Pedestrians

Artist: Sue Quinlan

Cultural Pedestrians is a series of freestanding concrete and steel pieces that visually represent different cultures of past and present people from our society and others. The pieces are human-sized, with diverse faces, hands, and artifactual jewelry, illustrating the multifaceted compilation of smaller fragments of thoughts, experiences and aspirations.




View Phase III in the Sculpture Photo Gallery.


Newport Beach Civic Center Park - 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach

In August 2013, the Newport Beach City Council authorized the City Arts Commission and City staff to implement a temporary sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park. The City Council approved the installation of ten sculptures in Phase I of the project and additional ten sculptures in Phase II. The sculptures installed in year one were on display for two years and were removed and returned to the artists in 2016. Those installed in year two, or Phase 2, will be removed in September 2017. The ten sculptures selected for installation in September 2015 are shown in this Phase 2 Presentation.

A grand opening celebration on September 12, 2015 marked the installation of nine new sculptures in Phase II of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition with the tenth sculpture, "Sunflower," to be installed in January 2016. The community was invited to view the sculptures, meet the artists and enjoy music and refreshments at the Civic Center.  Docent led tours of the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition were conducted by members of the Newport Beach Art Foundation.


For a self-guided walking tour of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition, download the "MyNB" app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Search for "MyNB."  If you already have the "MyNB" app on your mobile device, update it to include the latest additions to the Sculpture Exhibition.

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