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Crossed Currents

Photo: schafphoto.com

Culver City’s Art in Public Places Program was established by ordinance in 1988, with the view that cultural and artistic resources:

  • Enhance the quality of life for individuals living and working within a city; and,

  • Preserve and improve the quality of the urban environment, increase real property values, and have a positive economic impact.

By engaging the urban landscape, Culver City’s Art in Public Places Program brings the experience of art to a broad and diverse group of people. The goal of the program is to balance the community’s physical growth and revitalization with its cultural and artistic resources, resulting in improving the general welfare of the City, and increasing the availability of art to the public.

To date, there are over 100 individual artworks included in Culver City’s Art in Public Places Program. Approximately half are on private property and the other half on public (City) owned property.

Photo: Lisa Naruko 
 
King Kong Gone by Jim Heimann, 1995
 
Wrought iron
8' h x 24" w
 
Jim Heimann conceived of this artwork as a seemingly familiar object that is intended to attract the attention of the passerby. The sculpture resembles a gate resting on a post with the title "King Kong Gone" boldly incorporated within its frame. The obscurity of the title within the context of the artwork's location is intended to stop passersby and draw them in for a closer examination. Incorporated into the artwork is the following explanation: "Near this site in 1927 the set for Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings was built, used in 1932 as the gates for King Kong, which later became the burning City of Atlanta for Gone With The Wind, which was destroyed December 10, 1938."

Jim Heimann also completed Plato's Cup (1995) and Studio Pass I & II (1996) for the Culver City public art program.

 

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