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Volume 6, Issue 76  | September 21, 2021

Sculpture Exhibition grand opening on September 18 in Civic Center Park

On Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m., the City Arts Commission will be hosting the grand opening for Phase V and VI of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park. Phase V sculptures were installed in July 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large public gatherings, the grand opening for Phase V was postponed. This year they are combining Phase V with the grand opening for Phase VI sculptures.

On February 9, 2021, the Newport Beach City Council approved 10 new pieces for Phase VI of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, along with three alternates. Installation, managed by Arts Orange County, was completed in June 2021. Phase VI sculptures were installed in June 2021 and will be on loan through June 2023.

Sculpture exhibition Migration

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Photos courtesy of the City of Newport Beach Cultural Arts

“The Migration of My Dreams” by artist Marisabel Bazan is in the Phase VI exhibition

The grand opening will include a dedication and reception, as well as children’s activities.

The Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park is an integral feature of the Newport Beach Civic Center. The City Arts Commission determined that a rotating exhibition, in which pieces are loaned for a two-year period, was an optimal approach to bring sculpture to the city in a cost-efficient manner.

Sculpture exhibition Birdman

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“Birdman” by artist Steven L. Rieman graces Civic Center Park in Phase VI 

The exhibition has become a “museum without walls” that offers the temporary display of public art in a unique, naturalistic setting, appealing to residents and guests of all ages and sensibilities. Moreover, the city is able to exhibit a well-balanced representation of public art with artistic merit, durability, practicality and site responsiveness as criteria in the selection of work.

Admission to the park and parking are free.

Civic Center Park is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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