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Pasadena rejects controversial art project

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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

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I have to side with the city coucil on this one, not every public space is appropriate for trendy art or making a bold statement.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is about classic Pasadena architechture, like the Pasadena Playhouse or City Hall. That style should be presevered and respected for what it is, not updated. A fountain or some classic statuary perhaps, but putting these pieces here just produces a mishmash of styles, ruining both. The bunker Convention Center update with 1980's style was insult enough. This place is not a museum, it is itself an art piece.
These pieces belong outside the Norton Simon or at the Santa Anita mall. Perhaps add the tubes piece to LAX or that monstrosity at Pershing Square.


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