Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior, but what good is it if it’s not accessible to most people?
Bringing art into the public realm helps break down the barriers and transforms public spaces into thriving, family-friendly gathering spots that help foster the exchange of ideals and build community.
That’s what inspired Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. and the City of Santa Monica to work together to bring you ROAM Santa Monica, a rotating public art program in Downtown featuring some of the most exciting and ground-breaking contemporary artists known for creating enthralling installations across the U.S.
ROAM will feature public art in the newly created Triangle Square (pictured below), the 9,000-square-foot grassy triangle on the Colorado Esplanade and Third Street (adjacent to the Sears building and Santa Monica Place), as well as various locations along the Third Street Promenade, including the corner of Third Street and Wilshire Boulevard.
The art program is expected to begin in August and run for 12 months, with new art installations filtering through every three to four months.
The goal is to activate public spaces, foster a greater appreciation of the arts, and encourage people to explore Downtown Santa Monica on foot.
The project is funded by DTSM, Inc. and the City of Santa Monica to the tune of $225,000, with $150,000 coming from DTSM. A panel comprised of representatives from DTSM, Inc. Board of Directors and the City’s Arts Commission, along with expertise from art consultant LeBasse Projects, will be selecting the artists.
Artists being considered include Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, and Brooklyn-based duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, who collaborate under the name FAILE.
Locals may remember HOTTEA’s rainbow bridge made of yarn that covered a portion of the pedestrian bridge linking Palisades Park and Santa Monica Beach.
FAILE has re-conceived sacred forms from around the world into highly interactive public sculptures, allowing them to build on a longstanding practice of inviting play and contemplation from the audience.
(HOTTEA's rainbow bridge with the Santa Monica Pier in the background.)
For more information visit www.ROAMSantaMonica.com