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"Aria" artwork installed

July 22, 2016

A new sculpture titled "Aria" was recently installed at the Aria luxury for-rent apartment homes on the northeast corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. The artwork and fountain are part of the City's Art in Public Places program.

The fountain and sculpture were created by artist Kathleen Caricof, who was also commissioned for the Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial. The National Sculptor's Guild member also designed the "Balance" art piece on the corner of South Street and Carmenita Road.

Incorporating the Feng Shui elements of earth, water and fire, the "Aria" artwork consists of two dark, vertical basalt stones, reminiscent of a musical figure. The stones are accented with bold-colored bands of steel. The sculpture stands approximately 8 feet high and 3 ½ feet wide. The piece sits on top of a black granite platform.

The entire piece stands amid a circular pool covered with decorative natural stone, which is approximately 6 feet in diameter. The water cascades about 3 feet to the secondary pool, which was designed to follow the curvature of the Aria property. This secondary pool, made of cast concrete and stucco, measures approximately 49 feet across and 6 ½ feet in width.

"Aria" was commissioned for the Aria luxury apartment homes by the property owner and developer, The Picerne Group. Through the City's Artwork in Public Places program, property owners/developers are required to provide a piece of artwork, or donate one percent of the building permit valuation to a trust fund. The art pieces contribute to the City's cultural environment and enhance the business properties within the City.

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