Launched in April, 2017, Google Cultural Institute has partnered with PUBLIC ART IN PUBLIC PLACES for contributions high-definition online exhibits and images of public art to Google Arts & Culture. 

Selected public artworks and curated Exhibits from the PUBLIC ART IN PUBLIC PLACES archives can be viewed online at Google Arts & Culture by people around the world.  Thanks to this new partnership, never-before-seen virtual exhibitions and high resolution images and videos of Southern California’s and Hawaii’s incredible public sculptures, statues and murals can be widely enjoyed in just a few clicks at Google Arts & Culture

“Surfing Culture and Public Art” explores the surfing themes used by communities across Southern California and Hawai’i who share their appreciation of surfing history, legend and the coastal environment.  The Duke Kahanamoku statue, a popular destination in Honolulu, Hawaii, introduces the Exhibit.
“Kinetic Public Art” presents the foundation and evolution of kinetic sculpture in Southern California from the 20th century, with an introductory focus on the kinetic works of George Rickey, and with video data to illustrate each artwork’s kinetic properties.    


"Dominguez Field and the Famous Titans of Aviation": New Public Art at East Rancho Dominguez Senior Center Celebrates Local Heritage

"Dominguez Field and the Famous Titans of Aviation"
The new Senior Center recently unveiled at East Rancho Dominguez County Park has a variety of enjoyable outdoor amenities:  exercise equipment, playground area, tennis courts, walking paths, sustainable landscaping and walking areas, and plenty of shaded open space and picnic tables.  

A beacon for these community amenities is Fausto Fernandez' welcoming and colorful public art on the new Senior Center's west façade... (more...)    


Art and Culture for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

For upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur celebrations in Southern California, we 
suggest visiting L.A.'s most notable public artworks by renowned Jewish sculptor and 
artist Joseph L. Young (1919-2007). Young's many private commissions of stained glass windows and mosaics for temples, churches, schools and libraries are still widely admired throughout the country.  Two large public works in Los Angeles, however, are worth special attention: his last and most famous, the Los Angeles Holocaust Monument, and his most controversial, "Triforium" in downtown Los Angeles.

Young described "Triforium" (1975) as a "poly-phonoptic kinetic tower," ... (more...)    

Venice Public Art Walls @ The Venice Boardwalk

Late afternoon strolls along the Venice Beach boardwalk let us revisit many famous Venice murals. But just take a detour off the boardwalk at Winward Avenue, walk out onto the warm sand, and you will catch Venice's fabulous mural show in progress:  amazing graffiti artists producing artwork with incredible colors and designs.

The Venice Public Art Walls (formerly "The Graffiti Walls") can be painted by just about anyone,... (more...)    

Heritage of Orange County's Japanese Farmers

Public Art in Public Places ProjectRichard Turner's latest sculpture for the City of Santa Ana pays tribute to the area's early Japanese agricultural heritage. Dedicated on July 11, 2015,

 "We Too Were Once Strangers," Turner's bronze, stone and concrete celery stalk sculpture on a raised stone platform, serves as a memorial to one of the most common crops cultivated in the vicinity by Japanese Issei farmers... (more...)      

Bold New MLK Hospital, Bold New Public Art

"Pieces Together" by Lawrence Argent
MLK Hospital main entrance
Two recent sculptures at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital pay tribute to themes of diversity and unity reflected by the surrounding Willowbrook neighbor-hood.  The hospital's public art centerpiece is Lawrence Argent's "Pieces Together" - a 20-foot high 110-ton granite puzzle piece at the main entrance, inspired by the idea that "each part of the whole is integral, as in a jigsaw puzzle."  (more...)