"It gives the general public an opportunity to be involved in the
public art process," arts commissioner Mike Tauber said. "For a lot
of the population there's a mystery between a public art competition
and the final installation."
Tauber said "Memento" would help answer the piece came and how it
Leading the creative endeavor is Laguna Beach artist Gerard Basil
Stripling, who won the artist design competition for the festival. He
said it was the community participation that initially drew him to
"The arts commission chose a project to have the public
participate and donate materials to apply to it [the murals],"
Stripling said. "I wanted to take it a little further and have people
donate things that are memorable to them."
Tauber proposed the idea after being a part of a similar project
for the Queensland Art Council in Australia years ago.
"This project is a way for all the residents to claim ownership of
our public art collection," Tauber said.
The goal of the project is for everyone to be able to say that
they created public art in Laguna Beach Tauber said. It will also be
added to the city's public art brochure.
"This piece will be in there and all the residents will say, 'I
did this piece,' and point it out to friends and visitors," Tauber
said. Participation days are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 and
Nov. 12, 13 and 14 at Lang Park Community Center, 21540 Wesley Drive.
People ages 14 and older can participate and the public is welcome to
watch. People can sign up to participate from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the farmers' market in the Lumber Yard Parking Lot. For
information, call (949) 497-0722 or sign up using the form in the
fall recreation directory.