What's It All About?

Patrick Shearn discusses his work, including the Art & Nature commission Sunset Trace, in an online lecture.

Pre-registration is required for this online program. Pay-as-you-wish admission.
Pre-registration closes at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.


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About the Speaker

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.

Shearn’s expertise in animatronics, robotics and visual effects–gleaned from a 30-year tenure in the film industry as a creature maker and visual effects supervisor–has lent traction to a prolific career as creative director for his studio Poetic Kinetics.

Under Shearn’s guiding vision, Poetic Kinetics has designed, fabricated, and implemented a wide range of projects that encourage audience participation–from interactive projection mapping and pyrotechnics to enormous mobile sculptures. Notably, Poetic Kinetics’ projects both engage the immediate public through interactivity and reach viral notoriety on social media.


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.

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