Fluid Currency

Fluid Currency consists of a series of artist-designed lighting sconces integrated into the Renaissance Square development, referencing the history of Art Deco architecture in the City and providing a functional art amenity to the building. Fluid Currency is an attempt to illuminate the dynamic programming housed within the building to which it is attached. With a community bank on the ground floor and a meeting space for community organizations on the top floor, the artist team felt that there was a story to be told. The cast glass elements of the light fixtures have images of various forms of dendrite used over time as a mechanism for the exchange of goods and services. These forms of currency have varied greatly from time to time, dependent on what a particular culture found to be of the highest value either financially or spiritually.


Type of Art

Year Completed


Completion/Dedication Details

August 2004

Council District



Primary Artist

Artist Location

Long Beach, CA

Additional Artist Details

Ron Garcia and Steve Elicker

Commissioned By

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Funded By


Address 1900 Atlantic Ave Long Beach, CA, 33.791944, -118.1847187

Location DescriptionOn the corner of Atlantic Avenue and 19th Street

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