The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) Museum was the beneficiary of the installation of a LithoMosaic titled Star Streams, created by three renowned artists: lead artist and LithoMosaic inventor Robin Brailsford, her partner Wick Alexander, and collaborating artist Doris Bittar.
Star Streams is a permanent exterior LithoMosaic public artwork at the museum’s main entrance, and will serve as a vibrant welcoming waypoint for over 300,000 annual visitors.
Combining the artistry of traditional mosaics with the durability of high-end specialty concrete, this 128-square foot LithoMosaic is the first such public artwork in a U.S. museum.
Museum Director Leah Goodwin told The Times-Advocate: “We are thrilled to be the first LithoMosaic museum installation and to have this stunning original artwork to live with and love forever. The aesthetics and integrity with which it was designed and then quickly installed – in a matter of hours – reflects the caliber of the LithoMosaic collaborative process, and the Museum’s ongoing commitment to offer enduring and inspiring public art that is accessible to all.”
Partners on this public art project include the CCAE Museum, the City of Escondido, and Shaw & Sons Concrete Construction Company, along with artists Robin Brailsford, Wick Alexander and Doris Bittar.
The CCAE is also the host institution for COLD CALL / Museum as Muse, the concept of artist Robin Brailsford, as a means of renegotiating the relationship between public art and museums.
The CCAE is the first of six museums across the nation that Brailsford is working with. “COLD CALL is my contribution to the upcoming September, 2018 Public Address Exhibition at the CCAE,” said Brailsford. “My work enlivens cultural and civic public spaces across the nation. Achieving the first LithoMosaic museum installation is an essential milestone for my vision to realize the creative potential of people, places and things.”
Visitors can now view and experience Star Streams at the Museum entryway. Meet the artists and attend a formal dedication of Star Streams at the opening of the Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California exhibition at The Center Museum on January 12, 2018. Members only preview is from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. with the public opening reception to follow at 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. You can get more information at artcenter.org/museum/ .
For more information about LithoMosaics and artist Robin Brailsford see www.codaworx.com/profile/brailsford-public-art/8452