Location: Façade of the former Arts Council Building, 434 E. Broadway. In the East Village Arts District of Long Beach.
Description: Perforated anodized aluminum panels and mysterious spheres form a “kultural” galaxy above the front entrance to the former Long Beach Arts Council’s headquarters. An architectural sculpture integrated into the building’s entryway, Kulture Komet embodies the artist’s vision of “worlds apart come together through the arts.” This “mythological spiral galaxy” comprises mysterious “planets” in polychrome anodized aluminum, copper, and other materials, and anodized aluminum panels perforated with designs inspired by geometric fabrics, tools, and symbolic images associated with different cultural groups from Lakota (American Indian) to Cambodian. With its various components and vivid color palette of blue, red, yellow and silver, Kulture Komet represents a “galaxy influenced by the invisible forces of nature, culture and the universe.”
Artist: Patrick Mohr, Long Beach, CA.
A Long Beach Resident, Patrick Mohr’s other public art Commissions include Bay of Smokes at the Long Beach Airport, Angel Train for the Metro Blue Line Transit Mall station and the Cape, the Bay and the Clouds of Magellan, both in downtown Long Beach. Mohr was awarded a Fullbright-Hays fellowship to Portugal in 1977 and currently teaches at Otis Institute of Arts in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationwide.
Artist Selection: Artist Selection: Patrick Mohr was selected from a field of 25 regional artists in an invitational competition convened by the Arts Council. A panel composed of Arts Council board, staff and graphic designer reviewed the slides of the artist for the final selection.
Funding: Commission: A tenant Improvement Loan was made available from the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. $5,250.
Completion: September 26, 1997
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