By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
If you haven’t strolled through Del Mar lately, now is a good time to go. Since the City of Del Mar established a public art policy and created an Arts Advisory Committee, there’s been an upsurge of artful activity here, with the Del MarFoundation stepping in to underwrite the costs of the newest installations: five sculptures between 9th and 15th Streets.
A sought-after art consultant who lived in Del Mar in the late 1980s, Naomi Nussbaum is also executive director of Synergy Arts Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting local artists and arts organizations. When pandemic lockdowns made in-person interaction impossible, she put out an online call to artists and received 41 submissions, which had to be passed on to a subcommittee before making their way to the Arts Advisory Committee, who made the final five choices and selected their sites.
Terpsichore, by David Beck Brown. (SE corner of 12th Street & Camino del Mar)
|Bird’s Eye View of Torrey Pines Beach, by Robert Petrello & Drew Graham. (SE corner of 14th Street & Camino del Mar)|
|Pasaje a lo Infinito, by Hugo Heredia. (15th Street, west of Camino del Mar)|
Hanging Out #3, by Maidy Morhous. (15th Street & Stratford Court)
Here are a few of the permanent artworks we also enjoyed seeing on our walk:
“This Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Program was a pioneering project for Del Mar and I think it’s a great start,” Nussbaum said, after we’d seen the artworks and were comfortably seated on the Plaza’s upper deck. “I hope the City of Del Mar will embrace more public art since there are so many potential sites here and it will not only enhance the cultural life of local residents, but also increase cultural tourism.”To make it easier for you to tour Del Mar’s public artworks on your own, here’s a map, created by the Del Mar Foundation. Enjoy!
|Del Mar Art Walk Map|
Lonnie Burstein Hewitt is an award-winning author/lyricist/playwright who has written about arts and lifestyle for the La Jolla Light and other local media for over a dozen years. You can reach her at email@example.com