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Toy Car Pile Up

Toy Car Pile Up

Toy Car Pile Up is a large totem-like sculpture that stands on the sidewalk rendering a stack of five piled up cars by artist Tom Barter.

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing time is a two-part installation by artist Kerry Zarders and features intricate mosaic tile-work at a bus stop located on the northeast corner of First and Linden. The tile-work lines the entire bench and also on the surface of a column which holds up the awning which provides shade for bus-riders. The tile-work comprises […]

History of LB

History of LB

Roberto Delgado, best known for his public art murals, lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA from UCLA and is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, a Ford Foundation fellowship, and a grant from the Brody Arts Foundation. He has created murals at sites across Southern California and in Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis-St. […]

J. Bixby Park Benches aka Flora and Fauna

J. Bixby Park Benches aka Flora and Fauna

Public artists Tom Barter and Lisa Jacobs collaborated and created benches in Bixby Park. Combining their respective skills in tile art and metal art, the artists built a sofa and placed it on a tile carpet in the park.

Our Fallen Heroes

Our Fallen Heroes

Our Fallen Heroes is a 15′ x 15′, 225-square-foot tile mosaic mural that enlivens a previously blank wall facing Houghton Park. “Jordan High Remembers Our Fallen Heroes,” reads the colorful mural made up of more than 1,000 hand-painted tiles. Students at Jordan High designed the mural and worked with Tom Barter to paint and cut […]

Urban Totems

Urban Totems

This pair of freestanding totemic sculptures create a distinctive pedestrian gateway for the corridor. The steel, mixed media mosaics feature hand-cut tiles of ceramic, vitreous and cast glass and stone. Red: 10’H x 3’W x 2’D Blue: 10’H x 4’W x 2.5’D

Concert for the Wind

Concert for the Wind

The artist team of Alber and Luna De Matteis crafted this imaginative metal canopy that covers a bench ornamented with tile mosaics, creating a unique gathering space featuring decorative hardscape and amenities.

Rosa Parks Park

Rosa Parks Park

The rose serves as a visual theme for the Rosa Parks Park. The artwork consists of an 8′ x 5′ perforated iron panel with added color. Pictured on this panel, nestled in the roots of a “Heritage Tree” is a portrait of Rosa Parks. This panel is central to the public bus plaza. In addition, […]

Open Books Open Minds

Open Books Open Minds

Large, sculptural seating and artist-designed paving are the two main elements of this public artwork. The colored concrete leading from the parking lot to the main library entrance is textured to reference the “Yellow Brick Road,” which is the theme of the interior design palette for the building. Sandblasted text along the path refers to […]

East 1st Street Facade Improvement Project

East 1st Street Facade Improvement Project

Terry Braunstein and Thomas Barter have enhanced the facades of the buildings on 1st Street to reflect the colorful Art Deco history of the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach. Braunstein designed each vignette, which Barter, an East Village ceramist, rendered in hand-made tile. These colorful artworks also provide architectural detailing while framing […]