Solana Beach adds “Pinion” to its permanent art collection

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The town of Solana Beach is adding another sculpture to its permanent art collection.

City council members voted unanimously on Oct. 13 to purchase “Pinion” by sculptor Jon Koehler for $ 25,000, plus an additional $ 10,000 for renovations and a new base.

Standing 20 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds, “Pinion” was designed to illustrate the flight feather of a bird’s wing.

“On the one hand, the sculpture has a transparent color that contrasts with the sky,” according to Koehler’s website. “The other side is stainless steel reflecting the bay, the cloud, and the seabirds.”

It was installed on the corner of North Cedros Avenue and East Cliff Street after the city acquired it as part of its temporary public art program. The program has five active art sites, according to city staff: Solana Beach Towne Center, Lomas Santa Fe Median, Seascape Sur Beach Access, Tide Park Beach Access, and the East Cliff Street Bridge, with an additional site that was approved at the readers corner of Las Banderas and San Andres.

Previous works of art the city has purchased include “Yoga Tree” by Brennan Hubbell and “Flower of Light” by Deanne Sabeck, both of which were originally part of the temporary art program.

“Over the years, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive for this coin,” Deputy City Manager Dan King told council.

“Pinion” is part of Koehler’s “Monumental Art” series, which also includes a piece from the San Diego Harbor Art Collection, according to a report from city staff.

The Solana Beach Public Art Commission voted 6-1 to recommend the purchase of “Pinion” at a meeting in September.

“This is an impressive piece by a renowned artist, it’s a good addition to the city’s collection in my opinion and obviously popular,” said Solana Beach City Councilor Jewel Edson.


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