Oct 17, 2010

Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

I had a few comments about the lifeguard  tower in Friday’s post so I thought I would show you some of the other lifeguard stations along Venice Beach during my September trip. The towers in Venice were among 156 Los Angeles County towers that made up the most extensive public art display in the country from May through October this year.

 
 Summer of Color, a privately funded and supported initiative, was the culmination of the efforts of nearly 6,000 children in schools, hospitals, and social service programs – and more than 2,500 adult volunteers – who participated in the initiative’s program activities, which included the painting of the panels. The program was sponsored by Portraits of Hope, a non- profit organization which enriches the lives of children and adults who are coping with serious illness through participation in creative projects.

 
On the last day of our trip we were bemoaning the fact that the tower rails and cross beams were being painted over by volunteers from Starbucks and Greater Los Angeles along with UCLA’s freshman class when an organizer stopped to explain to us that at the projects end the colorful panels were going to be donated to the participating institutions and to social service agencies around the world for the beautification of interior and exterior settings. Many of the panels will be shipped to Haiti for transitional homes, temporary shelters, schools, hospitals, and senior centers.

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Brian Miller said...

those are really cool...bet they brighten up the beach...and also very cool the panels will be sent to haiti...

Randy said...

Those are so wonderful! I hope you had a great time!

Red Boots said...

Beautiful! I love that as well as looking good, that they are going to put to good use too.

x

HBFG said...

WOW! Those are really cool! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you also for visiting my photo blog so regularly, I appreciate that a lot! :)

HBFG said...

PS: I love your blog title!!! :)

LD said...

This is amazing -- really made my day that someone organized such a great creative and worthwhile collaboration.

Diane AZ said...

We noticed a couple of those painted life guard towers when we were in Venice last week. Great post, nice to learn more about the art project!

Christina said...

now these are cool! love all the colors.

Cathi said...

You know I love those and the program is so wonderful!! Thanks for sharing this...xxoo :)

Magpie said...

That's too neat. Thanks for sharing the information...there are still special things happening out there. We just need to have the eyes to see them. So colorful and pretty.

Relyn said...

You find the coolest stuff. Must be your way of seeing.