“Sentient Beings,” landmark artworks by Los Angeles artist Cliff Garten, is the newest contribution by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) to the East Valley region. This crown jewel marks the final phase of the NoHo Commons retail and residential complex in the ever-expanding NoHo Arts District in the CRA/LA’s North Hollywood Redevelopment Project Area.
Cliff Garten was selected from a diverse list of 21 Californian applicants, and is also the mastermind behind the stunning constellation of sleek lanterns now located at the corner of Weddington and Lankershim Boulevards.
“Sentient Beings” consists of eight slender forms arranged in an intimate 15-foot circle, spaced just far enough apart so that people can walk between them. The curves of the sculptures allude to the human body but are three times the height of a person, with the tallest figure soaring to a magnificent 19 feet high.
“Sentient Beings” was funded by CRA/LA’s Art Policy that requires developers who receive funding from CRA/LA to contribute 1 percent of development costs to art projects. These developer contributions pay for on-site public art projects, cultural facility development and restoration, and other permanent enhancements such as park and streetscape improvements.
Through CRA/LA’s Art Policy program, CRA/LA’s project areas continue to be some of the best places to experience a range of public art by some of the world’s most exciting and diverse artists, such as Los Angeles artists Robert Graham, Christian Moeller and Pae White, and internationally recognized artists such as Dubuffet, Calder and Noguchi.
For more information on what the CRA/LA is doing in North Hollywood visit www.crala.org/noho.