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The Dream of Simultaneous Connections

 

 

Artist: Ned Smyth, New York

Location: Harbor Place Towers, 510 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

District: District 2

Description: Smyth's sculptures remind us of the sometimes confusing daydreams that we all experience. Steel, stucco, stone, concrete, glass, and gold-leaf mosaic have been used to create a fantasy environment Three independent facades suggest the silhouette of a dismantled house with white outlines of various images decorating each wall. At first glance, one is greeted by a profile of a woman's face, resting her head on the grass. Her expression is calm expression, as if daydreaming. Adjacent is a figure back flipping into space, an astronaut, an owl in flight, a man in a suit lifting an enormous hoop and a girl in a bathing suit balancing on a ball. Four black columns stand to the right pointing towards a rotunda containing a large mystical sphere brilliantly covered in gold tile.

Funding: $328,664 ($75,240 of which went to cover Artist and design fees).This residential high-rise project was underway before the Percent for Art Guidelines were introduced. However the KOAR development group generously volunteered to participate in the program. In this instance a full one percent of the total development costs were dedicated to art on site.

Completion: March 21, 1996

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