Artist: Craig Cree Stone, Long Beach, CA
Location: The Krinski Building, 140 Pine Ave, Long Beach CA.
District: District 2
Description: At the foot of the entrance, the shadows of Oscar and Harriet Krinsky, the owners of the Krinksy building, greet everyone who walks through the doors. Stone transformed the modestly sized lobby into a room of illusion using architectural elements, light and mirrors. The decorative classical columns along the wall gradually become smaller, providing a sense of depth. Only half of the column is used, so that they are almost attached to the wall. At the end of the lobby, facing the door is an inscription "Art is Long" in Latin. "Architect" and "Developer" are separately etched onto stone counters that are on either side of the wall. The slightly vaulted ceiling that is whimsically painted bluish silver appears much higher because of the lighting and the mirrors. A small waiting area for the elevator is at the end of the lobby. Across from the elevator, behind plexi-glass, is a portion of one of the original pillars, sand and other objects. Engaged in a conversation are the shadows of the architect and artist at the foot of the elevator. Stone then reminds us that, "Life is Short," which is inscribed in Latin above the door.
Developer: Oscar and Harriet Krinski, Long Beach.
Funding: Commision :$7500.
Completion: January 27, 1993
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