Robin Cembalest, executive editor of ARTnews and director of the Gallery Club for Cre8tive YouTH*ink loves art (obviously) and lion statues. She has a tumbr where she occasionally shares various hidden treasures of Long Beach, such as the Magnolia Park Mural and Long Beach Lions. Her latest is local-artist Lisa Be’s bottlecap mural ‘When the Beach Met The Bay’ (See tumbr post here: http://tmblr.co/ZycdextK4ZWW).
‘When the Beach Met The Bay’ can be found at the corner of Maryland Avenue and Beech Street in the West End of Long Beach, NY. When I look at this mural, I see a sunset over the ocean. The name suggests it might be a reference to what the West End experienced during Hurricane Sandy, when the beach did indeed meet the bay. It’s art, so you can interpret it anyway you want. Either way, I love this mural and the exposure Long Beach is getting, as we continue to rebuild, evolve and grow.
Check out Robin’s tumblr on this mural here: http://tmblr.co/ZycdextK4ZWW.
After months of displacement due to Hurricane Sandy, Lisa Be returned home to Long Beach, feeling personally responsible to breathe the city back to life. CAPS for KIDS began in March with a few kids collecting plastic caps. Three months later, Lisa has mobilized the Long Beach region to collect over 50,000 plastic caps and has founded L.B. KIDS as a platform to organize CAPS and future public participatory art projects in the area.
On June 24th, L.B. KIDS will install CAPS for KIDS, a public mosaic composed of 24,000 plastic caps on the cement wall at the corner of Maryland Ave. and Beech Street in the West End.
Before & After images of the mural are posted below, but they are just digital renderings. Lisa promises that the final wall will blow these images away. For more information, please check out: L.B. KIDS & Project Vortex.
For years I’ve been bitching on this blog how we need more public art in Long Beach, so I am thrilled about this project. But let’s not stop here! There are plenty of ugly walls in Long Beach; let’s cover them all with art! That being said, I cannot wait to see what Lisa & L.B. KIDS has planned next.