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After Two Years, Long Beach Finishes its Public Art Venue

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Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad Rendering

Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad Rendering
Long Beach is getting a new piece of public art and performance space all in one. Called ‘Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad,’ this temporary art project uses port-related materials to create a stage in an empty lot that can be used for outdoor performances, workshops, and other events.

Officials from the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and the Arts Council for Long Beach are hosting the new public art project in hopes that it will bring the community together in a new and innovative way.

Artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe weaved together more than 30,000 feet of boat rope to create a lace canopy for the stage. A crane, an icon familiar to the port city of Long Beach, will support the canopy, and the stage is made out of reclaimed lumber. It took two years to complete.

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The RDA and Arts Council have invited the public to join them for the official dedication at 5:00pm on August 13, 2010 on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Lime Avenue. There will also be a panel discussion and free lace-making workshop. Then at 7:00pm the stage will fulfill its purpose and host the first event sponsored by the Summer And Music (SAM) music series.

"Public art reflects a community's commitment to creativity and culture,” said Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal in a statement. “Placing art in the public realm provides an opportunity for community engagement while also enhancing the urban environment."

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