From Skateboards to Doors: 6 Art Installations Coming to Liberty Station

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A preview of Poway artist Jeremy Nutall’s “Rolling it Forward” installation.

The NTC Foundation, which oversees the Arts District at Liberty Station, has selected six temporary art projects as part of a new rotating program titled “Installations at the Station.”

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The first installation in the series will begin in May, with others opening on a rolling basis through October. Each will be on display for a few weeks to a number of months.

Local artists were invited to submit proposals for installations that transform the former military base into a creative space that reflects the historic and cultural vibrancy of the San Diego-Baja border region. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted and six selected.

The works range from a sculptural tableau of painted skateboards that resemble rolling waves to a bench made entirely of rope that references the Kumeyaay and the Navy.

“We were impressed and inspired by the thought, ingenuity and creativity represented in these winning proposals. All of the artists included their own unique voice in examining and thinking about our region’s history and culture, while incorporating innovative ways to engage the public,” said Vicki Reed, chair of the NTC Foundation’s Art in Public Places Committee.

The six installations are:

  • Transcending Perception” by The Aja Project/Josemar Gonzalez — A series of doors composed of a variety of layers placed strategically, juxtaposing the images and narrative of communities that have been historically silenced and or underrepresented by the media.
  • Rest Easy” by Lissa Corona and Marina Grize — A light installation that evokes the Navy and its reverence for camaraderie, protection, love and support.
  • In Memoriam” by Hugo Crosthwaite — This mural project is about presenting muralism as performance. Crosthwaite, a Tijuana-based artist, will improvise a mural in public for 16 days.
  • Sky Mosaic” by David Krimmel — This 30-by-80-foot installation on an arcade rooftop walkway will be created using 1,200 colored transparent tiles that will literally flutter in the wind.
  • Rolling it Forward” by Jeremy Nuttall — A structure representing a boat and rolling waves made entirely of community-painted skateboards. It builds on the concept of “Pay It Forward.”
  • Twineline” by Karl Alex Roesch — A braided rope bench that brings together cultures past and present with its design concept. The interwoven rope lines will reflect styles from the Kumeyaay tribes to the Navy and modern day sailing.

“We are thrilled to support these working artists, shine a spotlight on their talent and welcome this new phase of works to our collection,” explained NTC Foundation Executive Director Alan Ziter.

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