NTC Foundation’s Art in Public Places Committee, chaired by Vicki Reed, has selected three temporary art projects as part of a new rotating program titled Installations at the Station. These widely diverse, site-specific outdoor art installations will continue to help transform the historic 100-acre former Naval Training Center site into a thriving arts and culture destination for the community.
Artists were invited to submit proposals that use art to transform the monochromatic, rigid former military base into a creative place that reflects the historic and cultural vibrancy of the San Diego-Baja border region. thirty-six proposals were submitted to the committee and reviewed on criteria related to innovation, community engagement, whether the project showcased the history of San Diego, enhanced the dignity of the site and added to the creative hub of the ARTS DISTRICT. In addition, the panel looked at authenticity, creativity, budget and experience. The Foundation set aside a budget of $60,000 to support this initiative.
Three projects were selected for final commissioning and will be on exhibit for at least one year. The works range from architecture inspired primal convening spaces, a contemplative hand-cast concrete tile monolith, and a revealing look at recruits experiences though cast navy relic imagery. Two of the projects (by Jason Lane and Miki Iwasaki) will be created in collaboration with the Mingei International Museum, which has a temporary home at the ARTS DISTRICT while their Balboa Park location is being renovated.
2019 Installations at the Station selections
Miki Iwasaki, San Diego, CA
Location: Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden outside Dick Laub NTC Command Center, near Shop Mingei and Café Mingei
This installation will contain three sculptures incorporating steel and wooden bench elements, representing the universal, primal need for shelter and spaces for face-to-face conversation. An artist reception, open to the public, will showcase the connection between small-scale model making and large-scale architecture and construction.
Jason Xavier Lane, San Diego, CA
Location: Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden outside Dick Laub NTC Command Centernear Shop Mingei and Café Mingei
This sculpture is influenced by craft and design in the San Diego region, past and present. A sculptural monolith clad in three-dimensional, hand-cast concrete tiles will be set beneath two existing magnolia trees. A bench of hand-hewn timber will be inset within the sculpture to reflect Liberty Station’s original 1920s grand post-and-beam roof construction and the legacy of naval shipbuilding. An artist reception highlighting Tessellation #1 will be open to the public.
A DIME TO CALL HOME
Michelle Montjoy, Oceanside, CA
Location: Archways along the North Promenade
A collection of sea bags cast in cement, revealing bits of soft clothing and “arms” knitted from nautical rope reaching up from each bag, this installation represents the transformations new recruits experience upon entering the military and its contrasts to home life. The artist would like to add a public engagement element to the installation by knitting on tabletop looms or casting a small time capsule of sea bags with school groups.
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