Public Art: Seagrass sculpture
Sculptor: © Barbara Grygutis
Sculptor’s Website: www.barbaragrygutis.com
Date Unveiled: 2010
Commissioned by: The Seagrass sculpture commission is the result of an extensive national artist search and competition, and was awarded by the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB).
Description: The Seagrass sculpture was designed to create a sense of visual rhythm inspired by the undulations of coastal water-dwelling seagrasses as they ebb and flow in the current. The sculpture is comprised of three light-infused sculptural elements of up to 30 feet in height. At dusk, inner LED lighting creates a soft, celestial glow and the texture of the surface of the sculptures creates a shimmering appearance of motion. The installation is designed to be visually dynamic day and night, transforming the site within a 24-hour framework so it can be enjoyed by drivers and pedestrians around the clock.
Location: The Seagrass sculpture is located downtown in the median of Ocean Boulevard, at Chestnut Avenue, directly across from the Long Beach County Courthouse, Long Beach, California, United States.
Quotes: Craig Watson, Executive Director of the ACLB pronounced, “SEAGRASS represents a stunning and beautiful welcome to the city at one of our important entryways. This is an artwork everyone can enjoy.”
Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal (2nd District)“This latest public art installation is a unique landmark on the Ocean Boulevard corridor.SEAGRASS serves as a beautiful gateway for the downtown and evokes Long Beach’s historical ties and proximity to the ocean.”
Acknowledgments: A special thank you to Barbara Grygutis, Thomas McConville and Adrienne Lake for providing information and images for this page.