Artist: Rockne Krebs, Washington, D.C .
A pioneer in light sculpture using laser technology, Washington D.C. based Rockne Krebs produced the first three-dimensional laser art installation in 1968. In the last two decades of his career, Krebs created urban-scale laser installations in over 25 cities nationwide, and was represented in the United States at Expo '70 in Osaka Japan. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He is also the recipient of the Night Beautiful Award from Florida Power & Light and the Illumination Engineering Society Award for his neon art , The Miami Line.
Location: Pine Square, 245 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA
District: District 2
Description: This work beckoned visitors to downtown Long Beach with lines of intense green light, the laser beams of the Majic Wand projected from the theater marquee and were redirected by mirrors above Pine Avenue to extend north beyond the downtown area and south toward Catalina Island. This three-dimensional light sculpture interacted with the city lights while reaching out far to sea.
Developer: The Janss Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Funding: Commision: $184,300. Under the Public Art Program Guidelines, the developerwas required to spend eighty percent of one percent of the projects total cost on public art at the development site, the remaining twenty percent was deposited into the public art fund for future cultural enhancements in the downtown redevelopment area and for program administration.
Duration: December 17, 1992 through the Fall of 1997.
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