Calls for Artists Who Sculpt the Sea

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A rendering of Thornsley’s design.
A rendering of Thornsley’s design.

Laguna Beach is seeking applications from artists nationwide for a $60,000 sculpture commission for installation near the city’s lifeguard headquarters, under construction on Main Beach, the city’s cultural arts manager announced Tuesday.

The Arts Commission is seeking a written proposal for the sculpture, which must reflect a marine and lifeguard theme and stand no more than three feet high. The deadline for submissions is July 15, said arts manager Sian Poeschl.

Public art competitions in Laguna tend to impose residency restrictions favoring local and regional artists, but past competitions welcomed a wider pool of candidates. In 2001, Ireland’s Linda Brunker won a competition for a sculpture installed in Treasure Island Park.

In May, the commission selected local artist Terry Thornsley’s design for a $40,000 mural installation on a retaining wall beside the headquarters. Proposals for the second sculptural work at the headquarters have twice been postponed for various reasons by the commission.

All applications must be made on-line at

Information on site and entry requirements is available at /civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=9022.

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