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SaMo's Public Art Gets National Shout Out

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Over 400 pieces of public art were in contention for recognition by Americans for the Arts' "Year in Review," and of the 47 ultimately selected as outstanding by the jury, three of the works hail from Santa Monica.

Among the three works submitted to and recognized by the organization is Glow, Santa Monica's unique all-night art festival at the beach, which was singled out in the "Visionary Leadership" category. After adjusting the event based on the inaugural experience in 2008, the 2010 event went over well, and served as the nation's only event of its scale to showcase so many commissioned pieces of art in one place for one night.

Also receiving nods were two pieces set up in conjunction with the newly-renovated Santa Monica Place mall. "Cradle" by Ball Nogues Studio (at 4th Street and Broadway) and "Wheels" by Anne Marie Karlsen (at 2nd Street and Colorado) received the honor because they "were exceptional in how the artists played with scale and took risks in creating these signature pieces," according to Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division.

"We are delighted to have Santa Monica’s ongoing commitment to artistic excellence credited in this fashion," said Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick.