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Artwork chosen for Plaza 183

December 28, 2015

The Cerritos City Council has approved four pieces of artwork for the newly renovated Plaza 183. The sculptures are part of the City's Art in Public Places program.

The Plaza 183 renovation adopts a Santa Barbara-inspired architectural style, featuring bright whites and beige stone and brick veneers. The art pieces selected all pay tribute to the rich and diverse California plant life. Artists were chosen based on their use of material and unique interpretations of the California Native Flora.

The City's Art in Public Places program requires property owners/developers to provide a piece of artwork or donate 1 percent of the building permit valuation to a trust fund dedicated to artwork and its maintenance when constructing developments with a value of $250,000 or more. Centercal Properties will pay the sculptures' costs.

Contemporary and classical, Deanne Sabeck's "California Poppy" honors the state flower. Utilizing stainless steel and red and orange Dichroic Glass, the $40,000 piece changes colors depending on the angle of the sun or light. Mounted on concrete, the sculpture stands 8 feet by 5.5 feet.

Brian Keith's "California Yarrow" features three sculptures of various sizes. The contemporary $60,000 collection, composed of steel, bronze and yellow resin, will be mounted on concrete.

Kon Dimopoulos' "Grasslands" is a three-piece kinetic sculpture. Each pod is 2 square feet and mounted on separate concrete pads. The $52,000 work showcases blades of grass (each 8 to 10 feet high) that sway with the wind.

The contemporary "Live Oak Tree," by Chris Puzio, combines the geometry and free-flowing nature of the oak tree. Utilizing aluminum rods of various thicknesses, the piece is mounted on concrete and stands 10 feet high and 9 feet wide. The sculpture costs $94,000.

Accent lighting will highlight all the pieces at night. The sculptures will be located at various points throughout the shopping plaza. Landscape will complement the artwork and protect the sculptures from pedestrian traffic and vandalism.

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