Lynn Aldrich: Three Founts
Sunday, Nov 7, 2010
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Three Founts, a new site-specific work by artist Lynn Aldrich, opens July 4th in the courtyard at One Colorado. In place of a former water source, Aldrich draws from Pasadena history to create a fanciful and tranquil fountain that acts as a respite for visitors to beat the summer heat. The piece will be on view through November 7, 2010.
Inspired by the numerous bronze plaques in Old Pasadena that tell of the history of select buildings and alleys, Aldrich came across one at One Colorado that read ". . . at this location, in 1888, the Salvation Army held its first meeting in Pasadena." She was encouraged to know that over 120 years ago, a force for good was at work on the existing cobblestones of the commercial space. The Salvation Army went on to become, and still is, a much needed and admired organization in Pasadena. Three Founts honors the dedication and service of their men and women by recalling one of the old Protestant hymns they famously played in their street brass bands -- "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing".
In her signature style, Aldrich creates the work out of clustered hoses in multiple shades of blue and green, which sprout out of three flower pots on fabricated plant stands. From most of their tiny, brass hose ends, a trickle of water will fall into the pond covered in floating plants. It is Aldrich’s hope that the people of Pasadena will consider the fountain a "blessing" - a site to slow down and take a break from working, shopping, dining or visiting before returning to their activities with renewed energy.
Los Angeles artist Lynn Aldrich received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and one in Fine Arts from Cal State, Northridge. Her Master of Fine Arts is from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Inspired by nature, she often employs wry humor in her work or uses strategies to acknowledge our impermanence and to hint at spiritual significance. In her recent work, her material choices comprise of items from home improvement and garden supply stores, such as hoses, rain gutters, sponges, plungers, and hardware. These manufactured objects are subsequently hand-fabricated into whimsically engaging sculptures that take on a life of their own. Aldrich has exhibited widely in galleries and in such spaces as the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute and has created permanent public art for the MTA’s Metro Blue Line.Please click here for a review of the exhibit in by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times.
Three Founts is on view in the One Colorado Courtyard, located in Old Pasadena in the block bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Fair Oaks, Union and DeLacey. Presented in collaboration with the Armory Center for the Arts www.armoryarts.org and One Colorado www.onecolorado.com
Armory Center for the Arts
The Armory Center for the Arts is an arts center based in the community. The center offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring and presenting the
visual arts to students of all ages. In addition to providing an outlet for contemporary art exhibitions and performances, the Armory offers studio art
classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites.
One Colorado is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination spanning one city block in Old Pasadena, between Colorado Boulevard, Union, Delacey and Fair Oaks. This award-winning property unites the urban environment of 17 historic buildings with over 30 contemporary fashion and dining attractions. The One Colorado Courtyard, designed in the tradition of European town squares, is Old Pasadena’s main public space for film festivals, live music, fine art markets, children’s programs and site-specific art installations curated by the Armory Center for the Arts.