Open Spaces: Lincoln Park
Updated July 17, 2014
Local residents, Artist-In-Residence, Roberto Salas, and lead artist, Todd Stands are working to complete a permanent work of public art in the Logan Heights community. After several open community meetings an initial concept was proposed. This concept, pictured right, involved LED lighting suspended from stainless steel cable at the intersection of Euclid and Imperial in Southeast San Diego.
During initial meetings, community residents voiced their concern with this intersection, and its reputation as the “four corners of death.” Through a process of conceptualization, evaluation, and feasibility studies, an artwork was conceived to rebrand the junction as “the four corners of life;” and to change the environment and aesthetics of the space into healing and restorative symbol.
With the assistance of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, an initial submission of this project was reviewed, but not approved by the City of San Diego. Multiple city departments participated in review and conversation about this project, and while the city supports the goal of bringing public art to Lincoln Park, it was determined that traffic safety at the intersection would be compromised.
The artists and the community are now in the process of reviewing alternative community art projects. The Museum remains committed to making an art project happen in Lincoln Park. Creating art in public places is a complicated process, and we will take what we have learned from these initial efforts into the next phases of this project.
Contact us or call 619.696.1977 for more information, or to find out how to become involved.
Over the course of several meetings, Salas, Stands, and Museum representatives have met with community members to brainstorm ideas, and discuss and evaluate project content, timelines, and implementation strategies. Meeting topics ranged from discussions on what makes a neighborhood unique, to how these ideas might be expressed in a public work of art, to the content, location, and media for the work. Community members and anyone interested in becoming involved in the project are invited to attend.
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