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Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season Starts Saturday

Blog Post - December 6, 2022

Category: What's New

Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season

A temporary public art installation

Come experience pathways and color play on State Street in Carlsbad Village, Saturday, December 10th through Monday, December 26th. Every night from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, an innovative and unique temporary public art installation – Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season - will take place, bringing the colors and the emotions of the season to a popular section of downtown Carlsbad.

Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season is supported by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office. Through this temporary public art program, the Carlsbad Village Association has engaged a local, multidisciplinary artist to activate local businesses with a variety of temporary artistic elements to enliven the Village.

“This temporary art installation is different from others we have presented in Carlsbad Village,” said Christine Davis, Executive Director. “Light art is not something that a lot of us have experienced before and we are thrilled to introduce it to our businesses and community. It will provide an interactive experience for the viewers during a time when families are out in greater numbers enjoying our downtown.”

According to the artist, Lauren LeVieux, this after-dark, projected art installation features the interplay of technology, movement and color. It is an art installation that changes over the course of a five-hour period and depending on when you are experiencing it, the scene and colors can be different.

(Lauren LeVieux)

“My hope is that for a moment, the visitor will be transported to a wintry land of color and movement where the path forward is clear," said Ms. LeVieux.

Join us for the opening night! Leilani and Toni, from the Connessa Collective, will be sharing festive flute music from many traditions from 5pm to 6pm as we unveil Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season on Saturday, December 10th.

(Leilani Gjellstad (l) and Toni Cortez-Aguilar (r) from the Connessa Collective)

LeVieux is an experimental and intuitive artist who grew up mainly in Southern California. Her high school years were spent in France where art is a way of life. University studies included literature, art and writing.  Her current goal is to create her most authentic and provoking artwork using dreams, ideas, series in oil paint, and technology. Art, for her, is moving and relentless.

Since 2015, LeVieux has created and exhibited her artwork from her studio at Liberty Station, Point Loma. In 2019, the projected art installation “Walk the Labyrinth” was selected as the Illuminate the Night temporary light installation by NTC Liberty Station. It was a digital interactive art installation featuring the interplay of technology and ancient form. The exhibit, which ran for 6 months, allowed her to watch the public interact with the piece.

Through the Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season art installation, her goal is to produce work that will resonate with the public while remaining true to the direction her art longs to take.

(Interacting with LeVieux's "Walk the Labyrinth" temporary art installation)

(LeVieux's "Walk The Labyrinth" temporary art installation)

Businesses on the east side of the 2900 block of State Street, close to Grand Avenue, will be the technological canvas for Pop Up Art: Colors of the Season, as light will stream from their display windows. The light play will illuminate and transform a walkable section of the State Street sidewalk into a wintery pathway that the public can interact with and enjoy. 

“I am excited to be involved in this program,” said Zac Markham, owner of Humble Olive Oils. “This will be a new experience for me, and I am looking forward to sharing it with my family, especially during this time of the year.”

These spontaneous Pop Up Art experiences provide opportunities for local artists and spur economic development and more visits to the Village, while connecting to the city’s Arts & Culture Master Plan. Have fun, shop locally—while experiencing unique and innovative art!

For more information on the city's temporary art program, including two additional components - Pop Up Art: An Interactive Encounter and Pop Up Art: Showcasing Local Talent - visit City of Carlsbad Pop Up Art.