River of Beauty civic arts projects communicate how essential water is to all life.
Civic Art is defined by intention and scale. Through curated and commissioned murals, posters, virtual galleries, social media and global exhibitions, "River of Beauty" intends to foster art that inspires thoughtful choices by individuals and communities concerning this precious resource.
2018 River of Beauty program:
- Organize artists, libraries, patrons and students of all ages to participate in water-themed campaign raising public awareness about water related issues, including Stormwater and Groundwater initiatives up for vote. Advance pubic education about water and resiliency issues though water-themed bookmarks, posters and murals.
- Foster civic discussion about this issues through visual communication by artists, as well as the public who can participate through crowdsourced and curated contests, exhibited in libraries, exhibitions, and murals throughout Los Angeles, and social media around the world.
- This can grow into a global virtual gallery including art exhibitions that focus attention on common ground issues related to water and resilience everywhere.
- Artists, galleries, patrons, institutions, communities and organizations around the world will be invited to participate.
Some examples of "Water Art":
2016-2017 proposed beautification to LA River channel walls and bridges:
Physically, the River of Beauty project went through many iterations between Fall '16 and Fall '17. Originally intended to make impact at the civic scale with minimal cost, the idea became to paint "51 miles of murals" on the concrete canvas channel walls of the LA River and showcase LA's diverse, global and creative communities. Efforts to obtain required public sector permissions were unamioulsy supported by City and County departments as well as City, State and Federal elected officials, in addition to river and arts related non-profits, philanthropic patrons and cultural institutions. Unfortunately, the Army Corps and CalTrans maintenance departments expressed reservations about the paint hindering recognition of potential issues on structural supports. The vision of 51 miles of murals bringing more beauty into the world and focusing attention on water issues to connect communities all along the river and around the world was reduced to a potential opportunity to display smaller scale artworks on temporary fencing adjacent to the river.
Examples presented to governing agencies included painted infrastructure elements from Boston, Sacramento, San Diego and San Fernando:
Growing gallery of participating and potential LA artist partners:
Council of Advisors:
Our team of technical, cultural, curatorial and community advisors related to the professional art world provides strategic guidance, as well as submitting and helping select artists for consideration.
This growing list includes:
Obey Giant's Amanda and Shepard Fairy, Dan Flores; Beautify Earth's Evan Meyer and Ruben Rojas; LACMA curators including Modern Art's Lauren Bergman and Islamic Art's Linda Komaroff (plus several other departments); MOCA arts and education department; Mixografia's Remba family; Main Museum's director Allison Agsten; DCA and Watts Towers Art Center; Inner City Arts' Bob Smiland; Harry Chandler; plus river advocacy groups including RiverLA and FoLAR...
Potential water, art and governmental partners with relevant resources and programs: