Laguna Beach City Council Approves Use of Main Beach for Temporary Artwork


For Immediate Release: September 6, 2016

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211




LAGUNA BEACH, CA — On Tuesday, August 30, Laguna Beach’s five-member City Council voted unanimously to authorize the use of Main Beach for a temporary art installation commissioned by Laguna Art Museum for its annual Art & Nature festival.  Art & Nature will take place November 4 – 6, 2016, with installation and removal of the artwork on November 3 and November 7, 2016, respectively.

Titled 1/4 Mile Arc, the site-specific installation by renowned light and space artist Phillip K. Smith, III will consist of approximately 250 stainless steel posts arranged in an arc across Main Beach.  The mirror-polished surfaces of the 10-foot posts will span the distance of Main Beach, above the high-tide line, reflecting the ocean, sky, and shoreline throughout the day and night.  Smith’s work is well-known through his installations at the Coachella music festival, where the reflection of light onto large open spaces creates an enhanced aesthetic effect.  Smith’s work is highly interactive and has led trends in social media due to its photographic qualities and beauty.

Art & Nature is a significant event for Laguna Art Museum and for the city, with exhibitions, a renowned keynote speaker, public programs, and a family festival to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation and understanding of art and nature.  1/4 Mile Arc, on the beach rather than in the museum’s galleries, will expand the impact of the arts to a large audience who may not otherwise be museumgoers.  The City Council’s approval allows Laguna Art Museum to proceed with planning the installation and also demonstrates the city’s continued support for the arts and cultural events that enrich and invigorate the city.

About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact
For questions or additional information, please email Cody Lee, Director of Communications, or call 949.494.8971 x211.