Two new public artworks to be temporarily displayed in Solana Beach

By Marlena Chavira-Medford

Staff Writer

Solana Beach City Council unanimously voted Jan. 27 to install two artworks that will be temporary displayed as part of a new city program that aims to rotate public art throughout Solana Beach.

The first two artworks include: “Topiary,” a ceramic bottle-like sculpture by Solana Beach artist Christie Beniston that will be located will be at the northeast corner of N. Cedros Avenue and Cliff Street; and “Tree for all Seasons,” a flat-topped obelisk by San Diego artist Pat Cranor that will be located at the southwest corner of Highland Drive and Sun Valley Road.

In 2008, the city approved five sites in Solana Beach for temporary art displays as part of the program. This past March, the city decided to launch the program with these two approved sites, primarily because they have access to electrical power, making installation easier.

The city has opted for temporary art displays because it cost less than maintaining and insuring permanent ones. Installation will cost about $500 for each artwork, and that money will come from the city's public art fund. If the artwork is damaged or vandalized, the artist will cover those costs.

The pieces will stay on display for at least six months up to two years —however, if either artwork is sold, it will be removed.

The containers for each art piece are already in place, and the pieces will be installed as soon as possible.

The public arts advisory commission will continue to review other possible artworks to be temporarily displayed throughout Solana Beach in the future.

For more information about Beniston’s artwork, visit For more information about Cranor’s artwork, visit —



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