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Nancy Larson Richler
Sky Gazer, 2001
Fresh Art (September 22 – November 25, 2001) in Clover Park

Nancy Larson Richler’s project, Sky Gazer, is a life-size cast aluminum form taken directly from the backside of a model.  When placed flush into the park’s grass, the form will appear as a negative space, as though someone made a deep impression in the grass and lined it with aluminum.  The sculpture invites participation by asking visitors to place oneself in the form and gaze at the sky, adjacent to the children’s playground, Sky Gazer is especially intended to attract young visitors.

Fresh Art was a temporary public art program directed expressly to those artists who lived and/or worked in Santa Monica and had little or no public art experience. Four site specific works were selected for temporary placement in a Santa Monica Park annually in the fall with applications available the preceding spring. Proposals were selected by a panel of professional artists and arts administrators based on their artistic merit, potential to engage the specific community and neighborhood in which they were sited, how they reflected the diversity found within the Santa Monica community and how responsive they would be to the physical and/or cultural context of the site. Proposals were required to be for original works which had never before been exhibited.
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