In exactly one month, you should look up into the skies above Pasadena. (Don’t worry, we’ll remind you.)
Maybe the 40 year delay was because this piece, titled “1969/2009,” requires a very large canvas — the sky.
Conceived of by contemporary American artist Bruce Nauman, noted by Armory staff for his “mischievous humor,” the skywriting display will contain a special message pertaining to land use and art.
If you want to read the exact message that will be spelled out across the sky above the Arroyo, feel free to do so here (you’ll need to scroll down through the calendar), but we think the display will carry more gravity (and poignant laughs) if you ignore the spoilers. (We wish we had.)
The part-visual, part-performance art will take place on Sept. 12 over the Arroyo Seco, with the best viewing lasting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on La Loma Bridge, the Colorado Street Bridge and in Brookside Park.
And, lest your eyes deceive you, the exhibition is free and open to the public. That’s right folks: Use of your eyeballs = still priceless.
(Photo, not the work of Nauman but playful nonetheless, courtesy Kayla Campana)