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Los Angeles based street artists Bumblebee installs a temporary art piece at Colorado Esplanade’s Triangle Square on Monday, July 17, 2017. #ArtSaMo

The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., is getting ready to roll out a new series of temporary artworks starting this August and running for a duration of 18 months, in Downtown Santa Monica. This artwork series will feature four large-scale temporary installations at Triangle Square, and each will be simultaneously coupled with interventions and projections that will appear along Third Street Promenade, between Wilshire Blvd. and Colorado Ave.

As a teaser to this series and to encourage the public to reimagine the use of this grassy, park-like space as an art destination, LA-based artist Bumblebee will be installing a temporary artwork today, Monday, July 16. The title of the piece is yet to be named, but without spoiling the surprise of the spontaneous arrival of the artwork, people can expect a sense of whimsy and playfulness which will invite viewers to stop for a moment, take a break, and snap a photo. This artwork will be on view for several weeks, at which point Triangle Square and locations along Third Street Promenade will be transformed by another artist.

This programmatic partnership between the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. evolved through a mutual desire to infuse more art experiences in the downtown core. There was also a shared interest in activating public spaces with ephemeral work that would prompt people to traverse this active corridor. An artist list will be available to the public soon, so people will know what to anticipate and look out for over the next several months.

Born and raised in the southeastern part of Los Angeles County, Bumblebee uses the technique of stenciling and mixed media to create images of children on unloved walls of his hometown. Considerate and thoughtful, Bumblebee’s work also deals with issues such as child homelessness and the impact of modernity on nature. Despite the seriousness of his subject matter, his works are not heavy. Instead, they are whimsical, playful and exude a sense of childish innocence, freedom and joy.

Bumblebee has completed several high-profile murals including Keep Up, at Google headquarters in Venice Beach; Final Cut on the KODAK building in Hollywood and Beach Day in Santa Monica, CA. Concurrently he has been asked by Snapchat to create permanent geofilters around the country that feature designed images from murals as a background to any photo. Bumblebee Loves You

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:17PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Melanie Magnier

Melanie Magnier plays the harp at Ocean Front Walk on Friday, 14, 2017.

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 04:41PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint


Singer/songwriter/activist Janine "Jah9" Cunningham , 33, performs at the Santa Monica Pier during the Twillight Concert on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 09:48PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The Nineties

CNN celebrates the premiere of its new docuseries "The Nineties" at the Santa Monica Pier. “The Nineties” at the Pier, presented by CNN, is a family-friendly event celebrating all things '90s with fun outdoor screenings of the decade's most emblematic TV shows, culminating with an advance screening of The Nineties series premiere, “The One About TV.

Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 12:00PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Picnic on the Promenade, 

Highlights from Downtown Santa Monica‚Äč's Picnic on the Promenade, Friday, July 7, 2017. Escape from the cubicle and enjoy a meal at Downtown Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade with the return of everyone’s favorite Summer lunch series Picnic on the Promenade. Ease into the weekend every Friday in July and August with classic board games, Ping-Pong tables, giant Jenga and Connect4. A DJ will be spinning smooth grooves to help you digest the stresses of the work week. Bring your lunch or grab-and-go from one of Downtown’s celebrated eateries and soak in the sun.

Picnic on the Promenade
1300 Block Third Street Promenade
12 p.m. — 6 p.m.
July 7 - August 25, 2017


Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 02:12PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Independence Day Parade 

The Independence Day Parade on Main Street Santa Monica on July 4, 2017.

Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 05:02PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint


Liliac Band performs at Ocean Front Walk on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Liliac is a young family band made up of three brothers and two sisters, Samuel, Abigail, Melody, Ethan and Justin. The band was envisioned by their father Florin Cristea, an accomplished Music Producer who has written and produced songs placed in many American and European television shows and movies such as MTV’s “True Life, 10 on Top, Morning Hot Mix, Parental Control”, A&E’s “Jackson’s Family Dynasty”, Lifetime’s “Bond of Silence”, as well as many other productions. Florin recognized that his children had the musical gift at a young age and invested time coaching them to become better musicians and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. He is currently producing the young band’s dynamic new album.

Posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 06:37PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Dancing Columns

Dancing Columns, by Snarkitecture at the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert series. Snarkitecture is brought to the Summer series by Snap Inc, sponsor of the Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series. Dancing Columns is an interactive architectural installation that invite visitors to explore, play and relax amongst and environment made from inflatable Dancing Columns. Visitors are invited to move within and around the grid of columns, glimpsing other concealed and revealed by the shifting vertical forms as the columns rise and fall in unpredictable and playful ways. The soft material encourages people to touch and interact with their architectural surroundings and in turn, engage in and unexpected and memorable shared experience.

Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative practice established to investigate the boundaries between art and architecture. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates architectural-scale projects, installations, and objects.

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 12:00PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint