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New Piece of Public Art Coming to Santa Monica Tonight

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Santa Monica will have a new piece of public art come tomorrow morning. "Cradle," a permanent artwork measuring 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high, will be installed on the east wall of the city's Parking Structure 7 on 4th Street between Broadway and Colorado.

The piece by Ball Nogues Studio is made up of 335 mirror-polished stainless steel spheres that will resemble a Newton's Cradle or sorts. As the city describes, "each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. As a whole, the balls imply an articulated surface suggestive of foam or sea life."

Tonight's installation, however, does mean some an intermittent road closure. The work will be transported down 4th Street from the Civil Auditorium parking lot around 7 p.m. and installation is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning.