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Art in motion

Suzie Harrison

The Community Art Project has been beautifying Laguna’s landscape by

adding pieces of art to the community.

This Sunday at 5 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank downtown the CAP will be

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unveiling a site-specific sculpture by longtime Laguna artist Jon Seeman.

Seeman, who also exhibits at the festival, said he hopes the

sculpture conveys an energy to viewers.

“The goal of my sculpture is to develop visual and physical dynamics

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and create a sense of energy suspended in space,” Seeman said.

“Converging Motion” the modern abstract sculpture that will be

unveiled is made of steel and has an oxidized patina. Seeman created the

piece specifically for this project.

“I grew up in beautiful Laguna, moved to New York for three years to

pursue my art, and returned home in 1980 to open my studio,” Seeman said.

It is equally thrilling for arts program members.

“We’re really happy to have our second sculpture pad dedicated,” said

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Rebecca Meekma, an arts project member.

With each new sculpture, comes a new excitement, said fellow member

Mike Tauber.

“The great thing about this program is that it’s a rotating sculpture

and the public gets to experience a different piece of art every year,”

he said.

This method allows them to cater to varying tastes, Tauber added.

The piece is the first to be placed at the Wells Fargo sculpture site,

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which is the second site the arts program has created. The other is near

the Bank of America, also in downtown Laguna, where there is a colorful

obelisk by noted Laguna artist Marlo Bartels. The works at both sites

rotate once a year.

Sunday’s reception will also honor sculptor Tim Shockley whose “Totem”

was placed inside the central rotunda of the bank several months ago.

There will be a wine and cheese reception for program members at the

site. The public is invited to the unveiling.

The arts program goal is to increase the visibility and appreciation

of public art in Laguna Beach and to serve as a catalyst to encourage art

education in the community.

Seeman’s sculpture is on Ocean Avenue, just outside of Wells Fargo

Bank at 311 Ocean Avenue.

For additional information call (949)497-9806.

* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

She may be reached at 494-4321.


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