The Pasadena Playhouse District is hosting public art installations consisting of pedestrian street and text-based art on crosswalks and utility boxes. In addition, to store front art installations that all add to the cultural richness of the Arts District.
Pedestrian street art has been installed at six crosswalks in District. The crosswalk art program is the first of its kind in the City of Pasadena.
The crosswalks selected form a couplet near Playhouse District art institutions: Pacific Asia Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Pasadena Playhouse, Laemmle’s and Vroman’s; Boston Court Performing Arts Center and the Ice House. All are within walking distance from one another near major boulevards: Colorado, Los Robles, El Molino, Green, Union and Mentor Ave.
Designs were created by artist, Cynthia Luna who uses stencils as a means to create repetitive patters on both large and small scale artworks. The Pasadena crosswalk designs include Gingko, Art Deco and Rose inspired patterns, which make reference to Pasadena’s trees, architecture and Rose Parade respectively.
The crosswalk design project combines Luna’s training as a print stylist with her skill as a painter. She has created her own decorative technique, combining custom-made patters with painting to transform spaces and objects. She frequently seeks harmony among wall, floor, window and ceiling surfaces through decorative designs and unique visual elements in her interior works and has also created a number of outdoor public artworks. Her design process involves reinterpreting traditional natural forms through the use of innovative geometric and color combinations.
Ms. Luna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public artwork installation on utility boxes pays homage to freedom of speech crusaders who shaped our country such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglas, and George Washington.
The utility boxes are all accessible by car and foot along Colorado Boulevard at the southeast corners of the intersections of Los Robles, Oakland, Madison, El Molino and Oak Knoll.
Artist Statement: Susan Silton selected the image and texts for the community of Pasadena as a way of highlighting the Playhouse District as a centerpiece for culture, and the role that freedom of speech plays within culture. Free speech in the form of image and text is a direct and emblematic way to link the mission of the Playhouse District to the importance of our national right to provide a voice to everyone. Utility makes us mindful of this and is a call to action to recognize and utilize this right.