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May
2016

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By sbatalla

Five Projects Set to Beautify & Transform Downtown Long Beach

On 20, May 2016 | In Community, Public Art | By sbatalla

Five Projects Set to Beautify, Transform DTLB Selected as Winners for Placemaking Grants

We asked you to be inspired, DTLB—and after a record 54 applications were received for our Placemaking Grant Program, creating stiff competition for those vying for a pot of $40,000 in grant monies, Placemaking Manager Sean Warner and the DLBA’s Public Realm Committee have chosen its winners.

We asked you to be inspired, DTLB—and after a record 54 applications were received for our Placemaking Grant Program, creating stiff competition for those vying for a pot of $40,000 in grant monies, Placemaking Manager Sean Warner and the DLBA’s Public Realm Committee have chosen its winners.

From “urban furniture” to historical way-finding, these projects were chosen for their unique approach to answering what we asked for: ideas that can increase safety, beautify, or alter the DTLB public landscape in ways that are beneficial for our community.

Without further ado, here are the projects we are helping become a reality.

Project Name: Urban Furniture – Stop, Shop and Stroll
Applicant: Shelby Batalla
Location:  100 – 200 S Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802
Grant Award: $ 10,000

Project Description:  The proposed modular urban furniture collection aims to introduce dynamic and creative street furniture pieces and wayfinding devices to add visual interest and cohesion to the desolate sidewalks on Pine Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and E. Shoreline Drive in DTLB. A series of seats, benches and bike racks of similar colors and formal language made out of recycled shipping pallets (recycled from the Port of Long Beach) and detailed by renowned local fabricator – Patrick Vogel – are to be installed along sidewalks of Pine Ave to activate the streetscape. The recycled wood from the pallet, an affordable and easy-to-maintain material, will be sculpted into dynamic action words such as LBC, EAT, SHOP, SEE, ART and etc, and placed along various locations on Pine Ave. Wayfinding messages and advertisements are to be branded onto the upcycled wooden pallets (pyrography) to provide opportunities for local businesses to sponsor and advertise, giving the furniture a distinctive cargo-like look that speaks to Long Beach’s nautical and industrial history.

Five Projects Set to-Beautify Transform DTLB

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