Art & Nature | Phillip K. Smith III: 1/4 Mile Arc


Phillip K. Smith III: 1/4 Mile Arc
Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
Main Beach, Laguna Beach
Free admission

Phillip K. Smith III debuts a spectacular site-specific installation that continues his exploration of perception, light, geometry, and time. Stretching along much of Main Beach, the arc forms a visible marker between the man-made and natural worlds, and reflects the changing colors of the ocean, sky, and shoreline throughout the day and night. Viewers may experience 1/4 Mile Arc both from a distance, with vantage points all along the cliffs and street, and from close up on the beach.

About Phillip K. Smith III


Born in Los Angeles in 1972, Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design before returning to the Southern California desert where he was raised. Building upon explorations in the perception of light, color, and space, he creates intensely physical and seemingly ephemeral sculptures. His large-scale, temporary installations include the internationally renowned Lucid Stead (2013) in Joshua Tree, California, and Reflection Field (2014) and Portals (2016), both of which debuted at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Smith has been featured in major solo and group exhibitions. His monumental works are sited throughout California and at venues beyond, including Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, and Oklahoma City. Recently he has been commissioned to create permanent, light-based works for the City of West Hollywood and the City of Bellevue, Washington. Next year, he will participate in Desert X 2017, an international contemporary art exhibition that focuses on environmental, social, and cultural conditions of the 21st century. The artist and his works have been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Art in America, Architectural Digest, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Chris Van Ueffelen’s book 500 x Art in Public, and Henry M. Sayre’s textbook A World of Art.




Engineering support for 1/4 Mile Arc has been generously donated by MDS Consulting.