Spruce Up a Parking Lot

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Santa Monica City Council recently approved an installation by Ball Nogues for a renovated parking garage.

Despite the frustration of having to drive everywhere, often sitting through interminable traffic, at least Angelinos can boast some of the prettiest parking structures in the country. One of the latest to the game is Pugh + Scarpa’s dressed up garages for the redeveloped Santa Monica Place mall, garages that were originally designed by the same man behind the now demolished mall, Frank Gehry himself. Not content to simply dress up some old garages with a flashy new facade, the mall has dedicated space on each of the two parking structures for art installations

The piece can be mounted in various precarious patterns.

As Curbed reported last week, the proposals, which include the above one by Ball Nogues and a tile mural by Anne Marie Karlsen, recently received final approval from the Santa Monica City Council. The plans had been kicking around for a few year, and frankly, we’re a little surprised to see Ben and Gaston’s Newton’s Cradle-inspired piece being realized, since Ben once confided in us some uncertainty on getting the gravitationally anchored sculpture to stay aloft. Then again, playing on this uncertainty is what much of the firm’s work is all about. Bully for the young designers, though, and for Santa Monica for taking such a risk on this ballsy project.

A rendering of the garage. The generic mural at left will soon be home to one of the two installations.

3 Responses to “Spruce Up a Parking Lot”

  1. […] lovely example is this installation by Ball Nogues, which is now slated for installation on the facade of an old parking lot designed […]

  2. John says:

    Spruce up the parking garage? Could you provide some sort of description of the project as the renderings provided are confusing? I’m all for art installation projects that “spruce up” parking garages and I love Ball Nogues work in general, but this project seems pretty lame.

  3. […] phallus-like structure shows a constantly changing “slivers” of news media such as CNN. Other pieces include Ball Nogues Studio’s “Cradle,” 335 mirror-polished stainless steel spheres suspended […]

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