Pasadena InSight

Civic Auditorium Public Art Proposals

January 29, 2009

Star-News reports that City Council sent the matter back to the Arts and Culture Commission for further study.



  1. Once again, it’s whether a building, piece of art, structure, etc. is a “fit” for a specific place. Does it respect the character and context of the Civic Center? The hats may be appropriate in a park, perhaps adjacent to playgrounds, or on a plaza in front of a high-rise, but IS the front of our venerable Civic Auditorium the right place? Does the proposed art complement the beautiful 1931 Bennett and Haskell building and add to the grace and usefulness of our Civic Center? How is the question ‘WHY these pieces are suitable for HERE,’ being answered?

    Comment by James — December 30, 2008 @ 12:14 am

  2. The proposed “art work” at the entry to the new addition at the civic auditorium is out of proportion to the site and the existing building. The construction as it stands is very proportional and aestheically pleasing. The proposed “art work” will add nothing to the beauty of the new construction and will in fact hide and clutter the fine work that has been done. It should be scapped forthwith.

    Comment by Mr. Phil — January 4, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  3. FYI — Pasadena Arts Council has put up a website where the public can vote “yes” or “no” on the proposed Convention Center public art.
    The public art proposal is on the upcoming City Council meeting agenda (January 26).

    Comment by Susan — January 22, 2009 @ 7:58 am

  4. Pasadena Daily Photo has lots of reader comments on this issue following a post:

    Comment by pasadenainsight — January 29, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  5. Photo in the Star-News of the artwork placed in a scale model shows just how awkward and intrusive the sculptures are. The artists clearly did not work with the architects (either original or restoration work) to incorporate something that works with the theme and scale of the plaza.

    This kind of clutter is the same sort of intrusive activity that’s going on in the National Mall in Washington, DC, which has become nearly incoherent as well as buried under competing memorial artifacts piled on top of the original grand, sweeping vision of the L’Enfant formal design layout. Most famously the WW II Memorial has been harshly criticized for its imposition into the open mall vista and its inward-looking militaristic vocabulary.

    Comment by John Q. Public — February 15, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

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