A Public Art Event

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.


Commissioned Work of Art

Sunset Trace

In collaboration with the City of Laguna Beach, the museum has commissioned a site-specific, multicolored, kinetic installation (a “Skynet”) off Main Beach over Main Beach Park. Entitled Sunset Trace, it will seamlessly weave through the palm trees along the shoreline, traversing sections of the walkways and cliffs between the gazebo and Main Beach in a stunning, windburn display. Sunset Trace will be on view from November 5 through November 15, 2020.


The Artist

Patrick Shearn

Patrick Shearn is an LA-based artist specializing in larger-than-life, immersive public art installations. The artist’s signature kinetic sculptures, called Skynets, earned him international renown after the debut of Liquid Shard enamored the city of Los Angeles. The installation transformed an underused public square in the heart of downtown into a bustling destination overnight. Shearn has since brought Skynet installations to various locations in the U.S. and abroad where viewers are invariably compelled to slow down and take time to follow the undulating movement of the artworks, which appear to hang in thin air.


Special Thanks

Art & Nature is generously funded by an anonymous donor, the McBeth Foundation, Elie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg, the City of Laguna Beach, the Orange County Community Foundation, the William Gillespie Foundation, Chris Quilter, the FOA Foundation, and the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council.

Sponsors also include the Lodging Establishments of Laguna Beach, The Inn at Laguna Beach, the Laguna Beach Independent, KCRW, Visit Laguna Beach, and JAG Architecture.

Art & Nature 2020 Committee: Gregg and Kathleen Abel, Jane and Joe Hanauer, Robin Kalota, Barbara and Greg MacGillivray, David Powers, Chris Quilter, Elie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg.


Access Granted!