Sun rising behind Sphere 112 by Ivan McLean - Newport Beach Civic Center Park

New Sculptures at Civic Center Park in Newport Beach

Outdoor Art Exhibit in Newport Beach

Cub Triptych - Newport Beach Civic Center Park
Cub Triptych – Newport Beach Civic Center Park

Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed some new additions joining the white rabbits inhabiting Civic Center Park in Newport Beach, CA. It turns out that what looked like some origami bears raiding a trash can along MacArthur Blvd. and a colorful tiki doll watching the sun go down in the west are part of nine new sculptures scattered on display throughout Civic Center Park  that made their Grand Opening debut on  Saturday, September 13, 2014. A tenth sculpture is set to join the exhibit in 2015.

The artwork, selected from 260 submissions by a panel comprised of professional artists and members of the City Arts Commission, will be on display for two years and then rotated out for a new exhibition. A self guided tour app, “MyNB,” is available on iTunes and Google Play.

Rabbits wearing purple for Alzheimer's Awareness - Newport Beach Civic Center Park
Rabbits wearing purple for Alzheimer’s Awareness – Newport Beach Civic Center Park

Finally, you may also have noticed the rabbits are all sporting purple scarves this week. Why? Until I asked, it seemed only their hare-dresser knew for sure. There are no signs indicating the reason, but upon asking another park visitor, I discovered the fashion statement is to help raise Alzheimer’s awareness.  World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21st.

A gallery of some of my favorite sculptures at Civic Center Park follows below.

 

2 thoughts on “New Sculptures at Civic Center Park in Newport Beach”

    1. Ivan, I’d be honored to have one of my images displayed on your site. All I ask is for a photo credit with a link back to my site.

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