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Santa Monica Glows this Weekend  

By Lookout Staff

September 22, 2010 -- A visual and audio experience unique to this country will be on display Saturday night through the early hours of Sunday morning with the second edition of Santa Monica Glow. The biannual event, which attracted 200,000 people in 2008, will feature 20 works of art at the beach, pier and Palisades Park from five internationally known artists and 15 from Los Angeles County selected through a competition.

Events similar to Glow exist elsewhere in the world, but it is something unique to the United States. It 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.

Glow is 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 works include Anne Herlihy’s “La Bella Luna,” featuring a colorful tent providing karaoke performance space while the singer’s face is projected onto a balloon above the tent. Gil Kuno’s “Haze” includes fog machines and chiller devices that create a fog bank featuring changing abstract images on the surface of the stadium seating facing the volleyball courts south of the pier. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s “Shapednoise” features a lifeguard tower north of the pier dissolving in a sea of foam.

Glow will take place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. KCRW has created the Glow Soundscape, a downloadable guide created by music director Jason Bentley. It is a navigation tool with information on where to find each installation. It also features the voices of the artists discussing their works, along with clips of hand-picked music.

“The KCRW Glow Soundscape is a creative response to the slightly surreal experience of engaging art at night in public spaces,” Bentley said. “It’s an informative guide to each art installation, including the voices of the artists themselves as well as original music. We think art and music go hand in hand so this was a perfect project for KCRW.”

To download Soundscape, go to www.kcrw.com/glow or http://newmedia.kcrw.com/glow/index.html to download directly to a mobile device.

Many nearby restaurants and businesses will be open until 4 a.m. (alcohol service will end at 2 a.m. or earlier), with several offering Glow specials. At the recently opened Santa Monica Place, there will be a DJ on the Dining Deck from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and most restaurants and some retailers will stay open until 4 a.m. Various deals will be offered. The mall’s anchors will have later hours, with Nordstrom open until midnight and Bloomingdale’s until 11 p.m.

Twelve Santa Monica hotels are offering low-rate Glow packages that include late checkout, complimentary breakfast and other features. Also, there will be food truck courts north and south of the pier.

Alternative transportation to Glow is encouraged because traffic and parking could be a challenge. Three bike valets will be operating free of charge in Palisades Park near Broadway, immediately south of the pier off the beach bike path and in the parking lot west of Crescent Bay Park just north of Bicknell next to the beach bike path.

All Big Blue Bus routes will be detoured around the Downtown starting at 6 p.m. This detour will offer service to within 11 blocks of the event, and will keep buses running according to regular schedules. All service will be detoured at 11th Street in Santa Monica, and all stops west of 11th Street will be closed for the night. For further information, go to www.bigbluebus.com.

Various streets will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. and effective from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. They are Ocean Avenue from Seaside Terrace to Santa Monica Boulevard, Colorado Boulevard from Ocean Avenue to 2nd Street, northbound Main Street from Pico Boulevard to Colorado, westbound Broadway from Fourth Street to Second Street, all Broadway lanes from Second Street to Ocean Avenue, Pacific Coast Highway from the Moomat Ahiko access ramp to the highway and westbound Seaside Terrace from Ocean Avenue to Appian Way.

For more information on Glow, go to www.glowsantamonica.org.

 


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