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Dan Corson, Digital Divide (2009)

The 200-foot long wall separating the Big Blue Bus operations and maintenance facility and Colorado Avenue is a kinetic artwork inspired by the sparkling blue ocean and the pulsing and ever-changing skin patterns of the indigenous squid Loligo opalescence. Created from glass and a special liquid crystal film, the wall ripples with patterning revealing and obscuring the maintenance facility by switching the glass from opaque to transparent cobalt blue. There are nine different patterns that repeat over a 39 minute cycle and they will be visible day and evening hours.

Dan Corson is a Seattle-based artist that was born in Glendale, California. He is nationally recognized for creating dynamic, large-scale, conceptually-driven public artworks, often utilizing light and new technologies. (

Last updated: 1/3/2017
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“Pursuing Green Office Certification”

To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.