“Reflexion” artwork delayed until fall for La Jolla Shores; locations other than Kellogg Park are being considered

A temporary art installation originally slated for Kellogg Park this month will wait a little longer for its turn in the La Jolla Shores sun.

“Reflection,” consisting of three mirrored columns with rotating segments that stood in Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove for two weeks through June 26, is being considered for a fall installation at The Shores.

Due to the lack of electricity sources for “Reflexion,” which is illuminated at night, locations other than the original in Kellogg Park are being considered, the La Jolla Shores Association heard during its July 13 meeting.

The piece was supposed to go to Kellogg Park from July 9-24, which angered LJSA President Janie Emerson because the city of San Diego did not gather information about it from the organization. This led to the presentation on July 13.

“Reflexion” is on display as part of the city’s Park Social project, which places art installations in city parks. As part of the initiative, 18 artists and artistic teams — two for each of the city’s nine municipal districts — were commissioned to create temporary artworks, according to Charles Miller, senior manager of public art at the San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture.

Artist collective Art Builds, which specializes in “large-scale participatory art installations,” was commissioned for District 1 and created “Reflexion,” said Lara Bullock, civic art project manager for the Arts and Culture Commission.

Bullock said the installation at Scripps Park has brought “a lot of positive feedback from park visitors of all ages.”

“We are currently working with the artists to consider the best options for a second iteration of the project,” Bullock said.

Other possible locations include Laureate Park on Avenida de la Playa between Paseo del Ocaso and El Paseo Grande, along with Avenida de la Playa itself as part of the outdoor venue.

Bullock said that “landscape is kind of an integral part of the piece,” as a diverse landscape of trees, greenery and ocean is desirable, along with access to electrical power.

Finding such a location in La Jolla will be difficult, said Emerson, who thinks Kellogg Park is unsuitable for a summer installation given the large number of people who walk there.

La Jollan Patrick Ahern encouraged installation planners to find a way to put “Reflexion” in Kellogg Park, calling it “a real benefit … that created art in [Scripps] Park.”

But LJSA board member Mary Coakley Munk warned against it: “With the amount of traffic and vandalism we have in Kellogg Park right now, you’re probably lucky it didn’t get there. … I fear it will be seriously damaged.”

Air Pollution

La Jolla Shores Association members meet online July 13.

(Elizabeth Frausto)

LJSA also heard a presentation on how air pollution is monitored in the region by Melina Meza, public information officer for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District.

The discussion followed a September presentation by LJSA board member Meinrat Andreae, who is also an atmospheric chemist at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. During the September discussion, Andre said pollution from beach fires at The Shores often exceeds the World Health Organization’s standards for healthy air.

He said on July 13 that air pollution levels in The Shores were still a concern.

The air pollution control district is regulated by the California Air Resources Board and reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Meza said.

The San Diego County APCD is one of 35 such districts in the state. Its key program areas are air quality monitoring, planning and rulemaking, engineering, compliance, grants and incentives and environmental justice, Meza said.

“We investigate odors, asbestos, dust, smoke, unauthorized businesses or operations, truck idling and gas facilities, among various other issues,” she said.

The district operates several air quality monitoring stations throughout the county, but none are currently on the coast. The closest to La Jolla is in Kearny Mesa.

The monitoring locations are based on data showing “the areas that are most affected,” Meza said.

Also, there are restrictions on putting equipment in La Jolla, she said, because the La Jolla land belongs to the city of San Diego. The other monitors are on county property, she said.

She encouraged residents to email air quality concerns to [email protected]

Andreae said he checks pollution measurements using “publicly accessible monitoring stations” through the company Purple Air.

“The EPA recognized these monitors as an addition to their own network of stations,” he said. “In fact, they have provided calibration and correction equations to convert the measurements with these monitors to those made by the EPA regulatory monitors.”

Andreae said a map of available Purple Air monitors shows air pollution in The Shores is often quite high.

Because the city, not the county, has jurisdiction over La Jolla’s coastline, Meza said the Air Pollution Control District could begin a process to assess the effect of beach fires on air quality if requested by LJSA members during public comment at a future APCD Board Meeting. ◆

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