Cultural Arts Commission hears update on Solstice Canyon Creek project • The Malibu Times

The Cultural Arts Commission met virtually on July 26 and received a presentation from Caltrans for its proposed Solstice Canyon Creek Beautification Project.

The commission also elected the chair and vice-chair. Current President Lotte Cherin remained President, and former Vice President Julia Holland gave up her seat to Fireball Commissioner Tim Lawrence.

Assistant Director of Community Services, Kristin Riesgo, provided an update on the 2022 Poetry and Art Anthology, 2022-23 planning workshop schedules, and an update on the recent ‘Art of Surf’ exhibit. at Malibu City Hall. The art exhibition is open until August 31.

The commission received a presentation from Caltrans for the Solstice Canyon Creek Beautification Project. At the last meeting on May 24, the commissioners raised questions about the structure and whether Caltrans had considered flooding and erosion for the project.

The commission will determine and approve the criteria for the works of art and will determine a method of selecting an artist.

Community Services Manager Jesse Bobbett gave an update on the project and said the tunnel, when built, will be square instead of round.

“They’re hoping for us that we can provide them with a recommendation on what would go there, whether it’s a call for an artist or [someone] the commission knows well,” he said.

Bobbett said they would need the artwork and artist approved by City Council and completed by June 2023. The bridge and artwork would be completed by 2026.

Caltrans representative Hammer Sui said the artwork budget was $225,000 and would not include maintenance. At the Feb. 14 city council meeting, Sui said the city should maintain the artwork and recommended using a coat of preventative spray.

“The maintenance cost, which is mainly made up of graffiti, is [using] a layer of prevention spray,” Sui said. “[Costs] maybe two to three dollars a square foot of the whole layer, it would last a few years.

Lawrence recommended having artist Matt Doolin of Topanga Tiles create the artwork; however Cherin said they should put out a call for potential artists.

Doolin provided recommendations and suggestions, but said he would be interested in participating in the project.

“Even though it’s a council base, I’d love to be a part of it,” Doolin said. “I think there is a lot of potential here and I would be happy to be involved in different ways.”

Sui said the proposed timeline includes a cooperation agreement by Oct. 31.

The curators offered to call the artists and hold an interim meeting before the October deadline.

Commissioners were unable to discuss the Malibu arts budget, Malibu arts center, and civic gallery exhibition schedule for fiscal year 2022-23.

The next meeting of the Cultural Arts Commission is scheduled for August 23.

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