As part of the City’s continuing goal to “reimagine” Garden Grove, several public spaces in the downtown area have been enhanced with new temporary and permanent art installations. The art exhibits can be seen at various locations throughout downtown.
“Our efforts to ‘reimagine’ Garden Grove go beyond adding art displays in public spaces,” says Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones. “We’re working to curate the downtown area into a hub of innovation and creativity while celebrating our community and culture.”
The imagination comes alive with 1,500 hand-painted blue and marbled butterflies affixed to a chain-link fence, at the corner of Acacia Parkway and Grove Avenue. Installation artist and illustrator, Kira Green, created the artwork which reflects the nature-themed designed mural and park bench in Village Green park, at 12732 Main Street.
Phase I of the vibrant mural painted along the outer walls of the Courtyard Center in Village Green park was first introduced on March 16, 2019, at the inaugural “Reimagine Garden Grove-Art in the Park” event. Recently completed phase II has enriched the mural with designs of nesting birds, butterflies, and strawberry vines.
Fine artist and muralist, Ever Galvez, anticipates completing the mural’s final phase in October 2019.
In addition, a snail family-inspired bench is accessible to park-goers just south of the Courtyard Center. The unique transformation is the work of local business owner Carlos Jimenez, from Old Grove Auto, and James Thomas, from Bluejacket Sign Company.
Among the new public art installations are:
• Metal banners, custom-made to showcase Garden Grove landmarks and identifiers, located on seven light poles along Euclid Street and Acacia Parkway, between Garden Grove Boulevard and Stanford Avenue.
• A thought-provoking quote from the Athenian philosopher Plato, painted along the half-wall separating Village Green park and the First Baptist Church.
• Witty, brick-themed phrases stenciled on the outer walls of the Gem Theater, located at 12852 Main Street.
• Five new Adirondack chairs made from recycled water bottles, located in Civic Center Park, at 12802 Euclid Street.
For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (714) 741-5200.
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