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A Walking Tour of Glorietta Bay’s Art

The city of Coronado and the Unified Port of San Diego have produced a colorful brochure, called Coronado—Public Art Walking Tour, which includes the location and pictures of the public art pieces in Coronado. It’s available on the city’s website, Coronado.ca.us.Coronado.ca.us
Coronado undertook a major redevelopment plan on Glorietta Bay which started some 20 years ago and cost around $30 million to complete. The result is a new City Hall and Community Center which includes a new pool complex with a 50 meter competition pool and a smaller recreational pool.

Recently, the 5,000 square foot Boathouse and Club Room was also completed. Few, if any, city workers in cities across America have their offices in a more beautiful setting than the city workers of Coronado.

The redevelopment transformed an aging collection of drab buildings into a modern yet friendly area that takes advantage of its bayfront property on Glorietta Bay. As City Manager Blair King has said, “We opened up and beautified an area that was underused and in need of a lot of attention. The project was a good value and provides public access to Glorietta Bay not only for Coronado residents to enjoy but for the entire region as well.”

About the art shown here:

A. “Imagine Tent City”
Artist: Todd Stands The artist has recreated Coronado’s historic Tent City which was a popular tourist destination for about 40 years starting in the early 1900’s. His outdoor sculpture has two freestanding photo walls. Digital photographic images are combined and embedded in glazed ceramic tiles and arranged in a mosaic fashion forming a collage of images gathered from the photographic archives of the hotel and historical societies. The sculpture is located just south of the Boathouse.

B. Detail from “Imagine Tent City.”

C. The concrete on the sidewalk has accents of sea life impressions.

D. “Seahorse Tree”
Artist: Frank Mando Inspired by snorkeling adventures, the artist created a marine fantasy with a seahorse gracefully floating over sea grass, “Seahorse Tree” reminds us of the wonders beneath the sea. It is located behind the Community Center.

E. “Sea Level”
Copper Kelp Forest Sculpture Artist: Kim Ogburn The sculpture was installed in front of the City of Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. “Sea Level” portrays above and underwater views of a kelp forest, with a natural shape of curving lines and forms. From a boulder base and holdfast, the gently curved vertical kelp strands rise to a horizontal canopy of swirling kelp strands and blades. The horizontal canopy and the fish below suggest an underwater view.

F. The Coronado Boathouse, built in 1887, is actually one year older than The Hotel Del Coronado. It’s not an accident that the two buildings are remarkably similar. The building was designed by the Reid brother architects who also designed the hotel.

G. Even the sidewalks show exposed pebbles to imitate beach sand. The puppy enjoyed the park and walkways.

H. “Sea Passage”
Glorietta Bay Fountain & Sculpture Artist: James Hubbell The fountain and marble sculpture is located in the formal entrance to the Glorietta Bay Project and was designed to connect the City Hall building and the Community Center. James Hubbell is a local and internationally known architect, stained glass designer, and sculptor.

I. “Freedom”
Artist: Jon Koehler The huge stainless sculpture measuring 18 feet high and 12 feet wide moves gracefully with the wind and is installed near the Coronado Yacht Club. Artist Jon Koehler formed these abstract shapes representing three stainless steel sails to flow effortlessly with the wind as a symbol of freedom.

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