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Laguna Beach City Council to consider next installation for red phone booth

Heidi Miller, dressed as Wonder Woman, in front of Robert Holton's “Superhero Changing Station”
Heidi Miller, dressed as Wonder Woman, flexes in front of Robert Holton’s “Superhero Changing Station” artwork in the red phone booth on Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach. The piece features superhero costumes and paraphernalia and a giant gloved fist punching through the top.
(Spencer Grant)

A pair of temporary public art installations are on the agenda for the Laguna Beach City Council meeting set to take place on Tuesday.

Among them, the council will consider whether to approve what is expected to become the next addition in a series of temporary art installations to utilize the red phone booth on Forest Avenue.

The Laguna Beach Arts Commission chose a design titled “Call to Action” by local artist Jeffrey Skarvan. The commission received 11 design proposals for the competition, and the selected artist’s design will be displayed at the phone booth for two years.

A staff report describing Skarvan’s project indicates the artist would use reinforced fiberglass to depict an octopus on top of the phone booth.

The council will also consider whether to accept a donation in the amount of $20,000 from Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima for a temporary art project. It would go towards the installation of Laguna Beach artist Casey Parlette’s “Shark Mitigation,” a sculpture approved by council members to go in front of City Hall for three months beginning in April.

Barbara Diamond
(File Photo)

In an item of extraordinary business, longtime Laguna Beach resident and journalist Barbara F. Diamond will be recognized by the council with a proclamation in her memory. The former Coastline Pilot reporter last wrote for Stu News Laguna.

The scheduled meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. It can be viewed on Cox cable channel 852 or by using the following link to participate via Zoom: https://lagunabeachcity.zoom.us/j/91013256502.

Members of the public may submit comments on agenda items ahead of the meeting to the city clerk by email at amckay@lagunabeachcity.net. It is requested that comments are submitted no later than 3 p.m. on Monday to provide council members time to review them. To participate during public comments in the meeting, call (669) 900-9128.

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