Light sculpture advances


City Council will review proposal for piece of interactive art on Central Avenue.

Published: Last Updated Friday, February 19, 2010 10:12 PM PST
CITY HALL — An interactive light sculpture could be coming to Central Avenue, under the public art proposal for the mixed-use development slated for the street’s intersection with California Avenue.The city’s Arts & Culture Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve the art proposal for Legendary Tower Glendale, a proposed complex that includes 71 condominium units and nine ground-floor live-work units.

The artwork is mandatory under the Downtown Specific Plan, which requires a public art component valued at 1% of the cost of any project with a price tag of at least $500,000 in the downtown area. No required artwork has been completed under the new policy, although the commission reviewed another art proposal for a Hyatt Hotel slated for the corner of Central and Wilson avenues.

The ground floor of the proposed complex would feature a cafe connected to about 1,350 square feet of public space. The public area would be surrounded in panels of transparent glass, creating what the project’s architect, Mark Vaghei, described as “a sun-filled outdoor room.”