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Pasadena is Art, Inside and Out!

Convergence by Jon Seeman to be displayed at Washington and Glen, traffic island

We often like to say that PFCU is Another Reason to Love Pasadena.  Many of our members agree!  That phrase works, of course, because there are so many reasons to love our city.  Blessed with some one of the most beautiful geographical locales on earth, the city starts off with some stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains and lush vegetation.  Then a lot of brilliant architectural visionaries have added some amazing buildings, many of which are depicted in our 75th Anniversary mural Building Pasadena by Art Center College of Design alumnus Jerry Ortega.  Add to that a number of wonderful museums, and an art aficionado could stay busy indefinitely trying to take it all in.

Now, our members and their colleagues in the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division are taking some of that artistic vision to the streets by introducing the work of local, regional and national  artists to Pasadena’s great outdoors.  On September 1, 2011, four colorful, vibrant and unique  works of art will be installed at various locations around the city as part of its new Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program.   Five more will be in place by the end of the year.  The exhibitions activate unusual locations such as traffic islands and medians, transforming small, often unnoticed areas into exciting and stimulating destinations for visitors and residents.

Lt Mustardseed's Timeless Joy, to be displayed at Washington and Marengo, SW corner


The first four works of art are pictured here, with more to come.

The nine locations host a changing display of artworks that are kinetic, interactive, and have multi-sensory sound and lighting components.  Come discover the urban outdoor gallery  that boasts a broad range of forms, subjects, styles and color schemes–artworks made of bronze, aluminum and resin.


Community participation is an essential component of the program. The Cultural Affairs Division invited the community to a series of meetings to help launch the program.  Participants were informed about specific locations for artwork and encouraged to spread the word.

Ongoing community participation is ensured by including residents and stakeholders in the periodic artwork selection processes.  To confirm representation from every part of the City, Council members nominate community representatives from their respective districts who, along with public art professionals, vote for artworks for placement at each of nine sites.

Handstand by Daniel Stern to be displayed at Sunset and Mountain, NW corner

In addition to these nine, new locations to experience public art, eight 30-60 minute Public Art Walking Tours are available in Downtown and Old Pasadena which allow you to enjoy the variety, diversity and breadth of what Pasadena public art has to offer.

Diversity by Cecilia Lueza to be displayed at Sierra Madre at New York, Traffic median east of intersection

To learn more about the artists and artworks currently on exhibition, to view maps and bus routes of the artwork locations, and to see more public art in Pasadena, please visit the website or call the Cultural Affairs Division at 626-744-7062.

Now you have another reason to love Pasadena!