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By Brianna Bailey | July 31, 2009
With his bulbous seashell nose and a few spiky tufts of seaweed hair, Bill the octopus seemed to want to crawl back into the ocean as soon as two Newport Elementary School students and their art teacher finished etching his tentacles out of sand Friday afternoon. “I think the tide is working against us,” said art instructor Jeni Erickson, who teaches sculpture with the Newport Elementary School’s After Class Enrichment program, as one wave after another washed over Bill.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 15, 2014
Positioned in the breezeway between the Newport Beach City Council chambers and community room, just to the side of the main thoroughfare, a fabricated piece of metal lies fastened to the ground. It's the only outdoor sculpture at the Civic Center, unless one counts the concrete bunnies scattered throughout the park for children's play. But come March 26, when a year-long lease agreement ends, the sculpture will be removed. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission declined Thursday to keep the 135-pound artwork for one more year, as creator Sarah Wilkinson had offered for a cost of $1,000.
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By Jill Cowan | July 23, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council launched an effort Tuesday night to find art for a sculpture exhibition at the Civic Center park and moved to outsource some maintenance services. In light of the city's push to increase public art, the council decided to move forward with a plan to gather submissions for a temporary sculpture exhibition , set to open close to the new civic center's first anniversary. City arts commissioners Caroline Logan and Carole Boller told the council the group would focus on soliciting submissions from local artists to fit the theme "The Inherent Magic of Newport Beach.
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By B.W. COOK | April 27, 2006
The sculpture is a towering, five-sided piece made of massive steel plates. Internationally acclaimed sculptor Richard Serra, a California native, joined benefactors Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom and a host of local dignitaries, donors and docents for a first look at his work, which is being installed as the centerpiece at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The sculpture is called "The Connector" because it links the elements of the center. The piece is 60 feet high, with a diameter of 20 feet at the bottom and 4 feet at the top. The base is open, allowing visitors to walk through it. Serra commented, "I am a master of creating useless space."
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December 18, 2007
The Newport Beach City Council recently approved $30,000 for artist Hank Kaminsky to continue work on a bronze sculpture for McFadden Square at the base of Newport Pier. Kaminsky’s design consists of a 5-foot tall bronze sphere covered in images of Newport Beach and surrounded by granite benches and a walking path. The council approved a $412,000 contract in November for the project. Kaminsky has worked in bronze for more than 30 years and is best known for his World Peace Prayer Fountain sculpture in Fayetteville, Ark. The McFadden Square Legacy Project was conceived in 2006 to commemorate the city’s centennial anniversary.
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By Imran Vittachi | June 15, 2012
The artist and his ongoing creation began their relationship several years ago. Alrik Yuill was sitting in his old studio in Laguna Beach, sketching the earliest outlines of her form while listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. "I wasn't thinking about sculpture or painting, or even what my hand my was doing while I drew it," he recalled in a video describing the project that has consumed him since January, when he finally started the...
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May 7, 2007
Artists from around the world weighed in with ideas for the sculpture that will be the centerpiece of McFadden Square by the Newport Pier. Designs were submitted by 13 artists from places including Poland, Colombia and Eastbluff in Newport Beach. The city of Newport Beach began planning a sculpture, walking path and benches in 2006 as part of the city's centennial celebration. McFadden Square is integral to the city's history as the site where the McFadden brothers operated a wharf in the late 1800s, ultimately leading to the founding of Newport Beach.
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April 27, 2005
Sage Hill School is scheduled to hold a private screening Thursday of "Chances," a documentary film that follows the story of Magdalene, an organization devoted to helping prostitutes get off the streets. Filmmaker Tom Neff will be on hand to discuss the film after the showing. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Drive. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call (949) 219-1395 or e-mail hadley926aol.com for more information.
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August 7, 2007
While Orange County Fair officials are still glowing from this year's record attendance, they're already looking ahead to 2008. The theme will be "Say Cheese!" And a few elements that helped make this year's fair a success will likely be back next year, said Orange County Fair Senior Vice President Steve Beazley. Some possibilities for the 2008 fair are a new sand sculpture with moving parts — something the company behind this year's sculpture, Sandscapes, has never done before.
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January 16, 2004
June Casagrande A stunning sculpture of a majestic sea mammal, designed by a famous artist and standing as a permanent tribute to the village's 100th birthday -- that's how planners for the area's centennial envision a dolphin sculpture they want to erect at Inspiration Point. But parks officials first want to make sure that neighbors see it the same way. They also want to make sure that zoning codes and height limits will allow the sculpture. The Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission next month will revisit whether to allow a roughly 12-foot dolphin sculpture by artist Wyland to be installed at Corona del Mar's Inspiration Point.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 15, 2014
Positioned in the breezeway between the Newport Beach City Council chambers and community room, just to the side of the main thoroughfare, a fabricated piece of metal lies fastened to the ground. It's the only outdoor sculpture at the Civic Center, unless one counts the concrete bunnies scattered throughout the park for children's play. But come March 26, when a year-long lease agreement ends, the sculpture will be removed. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission declined Thursday to keep the 135-pound artwork for one more year, as creator Sarah Wilkinson had offered for a cost of $1,000.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 1, 2014
Driving down Coast Highway in Newport Beach, travelers know they have reached Corona del Mar when they pass by a pod of topiary dolphins - or are they manatees? The iconic plant sculptures have grown past the point of remedy, their sleek shapes no longer as clear as they once were, explained Corona del Mar Business Improvement District Chairman Bernie Svalstad. Leaf-trimming couldn't save the creatures; no specialty pruner could be found. So the city has stepped up to replace them.
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January 17, 2014
Applications are being accepted for the first invitational sculpture exhibition, which will showcase up to 10 sculptures in the Newport Beach Civic Center park. Artists, collectors, galleries and museums are invited to enter artworks for a committee's consideration through Feb. 28. Applicants must be at least 18. Chosen pieces will be on display for two years beginning this summer, according to a news release. The selection committee will include up to three Newport Beach arts commissioners, two local arts professionals and one art conservator.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 14, 2014
On East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, just north of Hobie Surf Shop, green grass covers a triangular piece of land that is easy to miss, save for the painted mural periodically changed on the wall behind it. The mural will continue, but this 1,300-square-foot property won't be left alone for long. The Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with plans to landscape it as a pocket park. "It will certainly look nicer, and it will be usable space there, which is great," said Laura Detweiler, the city's recreation and senior services director, adding that the projected cost of the project is $90,000.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 9, 2014
Near a busy corner in Newport Beach, 14 giant concrete rabbits sit on their haunches, poofy tails poking out behind them, long ears perking straight up. They form a circle, facing inward, and stare at each other through painted pastel eyes. It's an assembly that has befuddled Newport Beach residents and visitors alike, earning the nickname "Bunnyhenge" because of the resemblance both in shape and mystery to the English monument. "What's up with those bunnies?" is a common question posed to city employees, said Newport city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.
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By Jill Cowan | July 23, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council launched an effort Tuesday night to find art for a sculpture exhibition at the Civic Center park and moved to outsource some maintenance services. In light of the city's push to increase public art, the council decided to move forward with a plan to gather submissions for a temporary sculpture exhibition , set to open close to the new civic center's first anniversary. City arts commissioners Caroline Logan and Carole Boller told the council the group would focus on soliciting submissions from local artists to fit the theme "The Inherent Magic of Newport Beach.
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By Jill Cowan | July 20, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council is expected at its regular meeting Tuesday night to move forward with a temporary sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park, approve the purchase of a fire engine and outsource some parks and facilities maintenance. In a study session beginning at 4:30 p.m., Newport Beach police and recreation officials will run down facts and statistics from the city's Fourth of July activities, including the number of arrests and Loud and Unruly Gathering Ordinance citations.
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By Jill Cowan | March 26, 2013
Public art had a night in the spotlight at the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, with discussion centered on the creation of an arts and culture fund and the selection of a sculpture to adorn the new civic center grounds. "We think it's [the fund] a meaningful and significant contribution to public arts in our city," City Arts Commissioner Robert Smith told the council members, who voted unanimously to set aside 2% of previously unallocated  fees from development agreements for art and cultural facilities.
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By Imran Vittachi | June 15, 2012
The artist and his ongoing creation began their relationship several years ago. Alrik Yuill was sitting in his old studio in Laguna Beach, sketching the earliest outlines of her form while listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. "I wasn't thinking about sculpture or painting, or even what my hand my was doing while I drew it," he recalled in a video describing the project that has consumed him since January, when he finally started the...
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By Britney Barnes | May 2, 2012
The young artists gathered around the gallery, waiting to talk about their framed artwork hanging on the wall. "Oohs," "ahhs" and "cool" could be heard as students walked in single file through Paularino Elementary School's Room 6, admiring the work of their peers. "I especially like that picture of the iguana," said first-grade student Ethan Elvanter, 6. "It would kind of be cool to have my picture up there. " The Costa Mesa campus was buzzing Wednesday after lunch with the grand opening of 5R6 art gallery, a section of fifth-grade teacher Lisa Roberts' classroom that's dedicated to her students' work, which includes paintings, drawings and photographs on the wall and sculptural pieces on a table.
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