Public Art
Del Mar’s New Outdoor Sculpture Program

The Foundation is pleased to partner with the City of Del Mar and its Arts Advisory Committee to implement an exciting new temporary outdoor sculpture program that will bring contemporary art to five highly visible locations in Del Mar’s downtown area for public display for 23 months. A Del Mar Art Walk Map will feature the selected sculptures, along with other artworks that are permanently displayed in Del Mar. Watch our website for information on opening festivities for the Del Mar community, visitors, and participating artists, and for a link to the Art Walk Map when it is available. The artworks are currently scheduled to be installed in Sept. 2021.

More information on this program and the Foundation’s past public arts programs is below.

This James Hubbell sculpture was the City’s first art acquisition in 1999, with fiscal sponsorship from the Del Mar Foundation.

2021 Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Program Updates

As described above, the Foundation and the City are collaborating on an exciting new Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Program that will bring five artworks to our downtown area for the pubic to enjoy.

The first five sculptures have been selected, with the City’s Arts Advisory Committee recommending the artworks, the the City Council approving them on September 7.  Installation of the sculptures is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28-30, and the Del Mar Art Walk, a self-guided 1-mile walk to see these sculptures and other works in the permanent collection of the City of Del Mar and Del Mar Plaza, will kick off on October 3 with  Artists’ Reception at the Civic Center plaza. The Art Walk Map will be available at the reception, and will also be available here, once the sculptures are in place.

Artists’ Reception:  Sign up for our email list (use the button at the end of this page) for an email invitation to the Artists’ Reception, with a link to RSVP. Note that proof of full vaccination will be required for this event.

The sculptures and their installation locations are:

  • Pasaje a lo Infinito by Hugo Heredia (15th Street and Camino del Mar);
  • Moonshadow by Jeffery Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck (northeast corner of 9th Street and Camino del Mar);
  • Hanging Out by Maidy Morhous (15th Street and Stratford Court);
  • Birds Eye View of Torrey Pines Beach by Petrello and Graham (southeast corner of 14th Street and Camino del Mar); and
  • Terpsichore by David Beck Brown (southeast corner of 12th Street and Camino del Mar).

See images of these sculptures here.

Additional information about the Temporary Outdoor Sculptures Program:  The Call for Art, issued on July 6, 2021, resulted in the submission of a diverse and fascinating group of sculptures for consideration for this program. Interested in seeing the sculptures that the City’s Arts Advisory Committee (AAC) considered at its August 25, 2021 meeting? Check them out in the Art Submissions PDF.   Find the AAC’s agenda and related materials here.

The deadline for submission of artworks was August 6, 2021. The fact that 20+ artists submitted more than 30 sculptures for considerations is proof that we live in a vibrant creative community!  See the Call for Art.

Interested in the five sites for these artworks?  Check out this PDF which has maps showing each location, and photos of the sites.

To get the earliest notice of the opening events, availability of the Art Walk Map, and other activities relating to this program, sign up for our email list by clicking on the button at the end of this webpage.

Art: A DMF Mission from the Start

Arts and culture have been a core part of the Foundation’s mission from the start. The new outdoor sculpture program echoes one of the first arts programs the Foundation sponsored, consistent with its mission to to sponsor diverse cultural programs in Del Mar. Art In Public Places, a 1984 program, brought site-specific artworks for a two-month-long outdoor art display curated by art critic David Lewinson. Described as a contemporary art program for people “leery of most art since Impressionism,” it showcased works by four artists: Kenneth Capps, Christopher Lee, Mario Lara, and Eric Orr (with a performance art piece, “Three Pillars of Fire” lasting 20 minutes).

Other Foundation Arts projects: In 1998-99 the Foundation was the fiscal sponsor for the City’s first art acquisition, “A River of Time,” a James Hubbell sculpture installed in 1999 in front of the Library on Camino Del Mar. In 2002 and 2003, the Foundation (partnering with the Thoroughbred Club) produced Payasada, which placed artist-painted horses throughout town for temporary exhibit. And for the Mosaic Wall on Camino Del Mar in front of the Library, the Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship in 2002-03 for the original installation, and fiscal sponsorship plus a grant for extensive restoration in 2012. And the Foundation has supported many children’s arts programs throughout its history.