IRVINE — Laguna Beach artist Jorg Dubin looked at the weathered El Toro Marine Corps Air Station runways and saw not decay or land seeped in political controversy, but a "Blue Heaven."
His unique perspective will be unveiled to the public Saturday at the inaugural exhibition of the newly constructed Great Park Gallery and Palm Court Arts Complex.
Sculptures and 18 oil-on-canvas representations of the Marine air base, including "My Blue Heaven," "House of Blue Lights" and "LVF-18," are included in the show "Plane Air Power," which runs through Oct. 16.
The exhibit's title is a play on words derived from the 20th century style of California plein air painters and incorporating the history of the base and those who lived there.
"Looking at these paintings, you can see how much time [Dubin] spent here and how he was fascinated with not only the land but the ghost-like buildings of the empty airbase before it underwent a transformation to become a park," said Henry Korn, park program officer of arts, culture and heritage.