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Beach Improvement Group Project (BIG)

Date: 2000
Artist: Jody Pinto
Landscape Architects: Wallace Roberts & Todd
Location: Palisades Park and Santa Monica Beach south of the Santa Monica Pier
Elements: landscaping, paving, lighting, walls, children's play equipment, restroom facilities, Beacon overlook structure
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Palisades Park
Pinto-Beach Improvement Group-Beacon at night
Beacon at night
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Santa Monica Beach Promenade
Pinto-Beach Improvement Group-Beacon at day
Beacon in the day
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Beach Restroom
The BIG Project encompasses two miles of beachfront and palisades to make up an entire recreational universe. The seamless integration of art and design makes it virtually impossible to tell where design leaves off and art begins. Artist Jodi Pinto was instrumental throughout the bold beach pathways and the way they respond to the patterns of the waves, the seawalls meant to evoke the oceanside's archeological history, and the roofs of the public restrooms which appear to hover like the wings of a seagull above the landscape. The artist's work can be seen in the Chess Park with it's human scale chessboard and the re-created Muscle Beach which evokes the pebbles strewn along the shore and the kelp beds drifting further out in the Ocean. These elements all combine to make up one of southern California's grandest public art projects, the recipient of both an Honor Award and Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
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Park Restroom  
Pinto-Beach Improvement Group-Park tables
Park tables  
Pinto-Beach Improvement Group-Chesspark
Chess Park  
Pinto-Beach Improvement Group-Playground
Last updated: 5/16/2011
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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.