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155 Lifeguard Towers to Become Public Art for 5 Months

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Remember when taxis all over New York City were covered in flower paintings as one massively big mobile public art project? The same non profit that organized it is now working on one for Los Angeles, but with the goal of bringing public art to every lifeguard tower in Los Angeles County, which equates to 155 of them along some 30 miles of coast.

"This is the biggest public art project in the country right now," explained Steve Ricci, a coordinator with Portrait of Hope, which is based in Los Angeles. The projects, titled "Summer of Color," will launch in May and be on display through October, but preparations are already underway.

Monday through Friday, the organization works with schools and hospitals--tonight, for example, with the Special Olympics--in painting canvasses that will be applied to the lifeguard towers. "Summer of Color" has three themes: shapes (because children shape the future), flowers (for beauty, inspiration and healing) and the ocean (for the environment).