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Glow Returns to Santa Monica This Month  

By Lookout Staff

September 3, 2010 -- Don’t be surprised if on Saturday night September 25 or early Sunday morning you spot glowing images on buildings and projected on hovering fog on the beach. You may even catch a mechanical performance in foam, or stroll through fabric “rooms” under the pier.

On this special night next month, glowing art works will make wandering the beaches around the Santa Monica Pier and strolling Palisades Park an enchanting experience.

It's all part of the biannual Glow, featuring 20 site-specific artworks and installations located on the beach, pier and Palisades Park created by local and international artists.

Presented by the City and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation in partnership with Bayside District Corporation, Pier Restoration Corporation, the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce, the dusk-to-dawn event drew more than 200,000 in 2008.

Glow is an opportunity to have “…participants engage with and re-imagine familiar places through the minds and eyes of artists,” said Artistic Director Marc Pall.

To accommodate the anticipated crowds streaming in throughout the night, the City is crafting a conceptual parking and circulation plan that was presented to the City Council August 10. Once approved, a traffic consultant will prepare an implementation plan by the end of the month.

The council also gave the go-ahead to keep the public restrooms open until 4 a.m. and allow overnight parking in all beach lots.

Other enchanting arts featured at this year's event are a glow-in-the-dark workout at Muscle Beach, a karaoke balloon, acoustic music, a marching band and an ambient soundtrack. And, fresh from his installation of electric guitars and zebra finches at London's Barbican, internationally acclaimed French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot is creating an installation that will envelop a lifeguard station in fluctuating tides of foam.

Glow takes place between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. and is free. For updates on artists, specials and parking visit


Glow is an opportunity to have ".participants engage with and re-imagine familiar places through the minds and eyes of artists,"
   Marc Pall
   Artistic Director

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