("Looks Like Fun" by Bumblebee • Triangle Square, Downtown Santa Monica)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – (July 17, 2017) – The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., is getting ready to roll out a new series of temporary artworks starting this August and running for a duration of 12 months, in Downtown Santa Monica. This artwork series will feature four large-scale temporary installations at Triangle Square, and each will be simultaneously coupled with interventions and projections that will appear along Third Street Promenade, between Wilshire Blvd. and Colorado Ave.
As a teaser to this series and to encourage the public to reimagine the use of this grassy, park-like space as an art destination, LA-based artist Bumblebee installed a temporary artwork today, Monday, July 16. The piece – which is titled "Looks Like Fun" – aims to evoke a sense of whimsy and playfulness and invites viewers to stop for a moment, take a break, and snap a photo. This artwork will be on view for several weeks, at which point Triangle Square and locations along Third Street Promenade will be transformed by another artist.
This programmatic partnership between the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. evolved through a mutual desire to infuse more art experiences in the downtown core. There was also a shared interest in activating public spaces with ephemeral work that would prompt people to traverse this active corridor. An artist list will be available to the public soon, so people will know what to anticipate and look out for over the next several months.
For more information, visit www.smgov.net/arts or check out #ArtSaMo on social media to follow the action!
About the Artist
Born and raised in the southeastern part of Los Angeles County, Bumblebee uses the technique of stenciling and mixed media to create images of children on unloved walls of his hometown. Considerate and thoughtful, Bumblebee’s work also deals with issues such as child homelessness and the impact of modernity on nature. Despite the seriousness of his subject matter, his works are not heavy. Instead, they are whimsical, playful and exude a sense of childish innocence, freedom and joy.
Bumblebee has completed several high-profile murals including Keep Up, at Google headquarters in Venice Beach; Final Cut on the KODAK building in Hollywood and Beach Day in Santa Monica, CA. Concurrently he has been asked by Snapchat to create permanent geofilters around the country that feature designed images from murals as a background to any photo.
About Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.)
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is a private non-profit 501c(3) that works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in Downtown Santa Monica that promote economic stability, growth and community life within Downtown Santa Monica. DTSM, Inc. manages the Property-based Business Assessment District (PBAD) that encompasses the area bounded by Ocean Avenue (W), Wilshire Boulevard (N), Lincoln Boulevard (E) and the Santa Monica Freeway (S). For more info, please visit DowntownSM.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DowntownSantaMonica
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