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Pasadena rejects controversial art project

January 29, 2009 |  1:31 pm

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The Pasadena City Council has voted to reject a recommendation by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission to install controversial public artworks of light tubes and giant caps on the plaza in front of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

At a meeting this week, the City Council voted instead to accept a recommendation by Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck to seek alternatives for the space.

The proposed “Light Field” (right) by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn consists of light tubes 6 feet, 8 inches tall on a base that is 15 feet by 38 feet. “Thinking Caps,” by New York City sculptor Dennis Oppenheim, consists of three giant hats and would stand 15 feet tall at its peak.

Read the rest of the story at Culture Monster, The Times' arts blog.

-- Diane Haithman

Photos: City of Pasadena