In the summer of 2013, the Point Loma Association sponsored a community gathering to discuss beautification and improvement opportunities for a disheveled Nimitz Boulevard. Nimitz Boulevard is an important 2.1 mile Point Loma entryway that connects the San Diego Bay (North Harbor Dr.) to the San Diego River basin and Pacific Ocean (Sunset Cliffs Blvd.)
One of the charges from the community for the PLA was median enhancement. Many enhancement projects have been accomplished since and here is our next move:
Public Art in our Nimitz median.
When the Nimitz Median between West Point Loma Blvd. and the Famosa bridge was constructed in February 2014, the PLA obtained a Right of Way Permit from the City for a 6 ft. concrete base, installed at the north end, for a future sculpture.
About one year ago, a small team of Point Loma Association members got together to start looking for public art for the Nimitz median. Art consultant Betsy Lane, art curator and art expert, joined our search. Now, a very generous local donor, Dorothea Laub, has stepped up to gift the Peninsula community and the City of San Diego with a beautiful piece of public art.
Here are some of the public artists whose wonderful work has been presented to several different community groups for input:
Alber de Matteis
After several group meetings and many artist concepts reviewed, the artist chosen by a majority of voters for our median sculpture is Jeffery Laudenslager, an Encinitas based artist who creates wonderful kinetic sculptures. Here is the piece that was selected:
Watch the video below. Note the video is 35MB in size..
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