Village Entrance Public Art proposal by artist Marc Fornes begins review on Aug 12

Artist Marc Fornes was retained by the City of Laguna Beach in March 2019 to develop a proposal for the Art in Public Places installation to be located at the Village Entrance. The Arts Commission will start the review process of his proposal at its meeting on Monday, Aug 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Over the past ten years, Marc Fornes and his team of artists and architects have designed and built a number of thin shelled pavilions and installations that push the limits of form, structure, and space. His public art pieces aim to provide unique spatial experiences for communities while also contributing to the visual identity of the site and catalyzing community engagement.

The proposed design by Fornes is a pavilion style sculpture, created from layers of aluminum suspended over pedestrian and bicycle pathways in curvilinear patterns. The sculpture offers a sense of space with opportunities for artists and the community to gather for such events as live music, readings, and screenings. 

Village Entrance rendering

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Rendering of Marc Fornes’ proposed Village Entrance installation project

The artist has included other concepts such as a pedestrian bridge, which are not part of his proposal or intended for inclusion in the Village Entrance Project. Fornes says in his proposal, “Ultimately, our design aims to highlight the existing natural beauty, history and visual culture of Laguna Beach. 

“The structure is an articulation of meeting points, a nexus nestled at the entrance to the City. Connections between channel and street, canyon and water, city and nature will be born under the pleated colors of our pavilion allowing the spirit of Laguna Beach to shine even more brightly.” 

Pat Kollenda, Vice-Chair of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, explains, “This is an exciting opportunity to discuss a fabulous proposal by a talented artist who has an international reputation for his innovative designs. This will likely be a discussion of how our community is reflected through an iconic sculpture that is a space we can gather and enjoy.” 

Arts Commission Chair Adam Schwerner added, “When we undertook the Cultural Arts Plan the community overwhelmingly responded that they wanted a space to gather, a place where their artists could share their talents through performance and art. A proposal such as this opens up a new kind of opportunity for the community.”

Marc Fornes will present his proposal on August 12 and following public input the Arts Commission will take action on August 26. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. For additional information, contact Cultural Arts Manager Sian Poeschl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the proposal, click here.