A new Public Art exhibit is coming to Santa Monica

May 15, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Using blank, full-size mannequins as their canvas, up to 100 local designers, artists, retailers and community leaders will create individual expressions of both art and fashion to celebrate the opening of the new 550,000 square foot, three-level, open air Santa Monica Place, which is slated to open on Aug. 6, 2010.

Santa Monica Place will be the setting for a three-week, on-site exhibit of these original art expressions. Already Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York department store, has signed on to transform one of the blank, everyday mannequins into something artful and extraordinary.

From Doug Roscoe, senior manager for the Santa Monica Place:

Exciting fashion is a major element of the experience at the new Santa Monica Place, and the Mannequin Collective invites our community to express individual concepts of art and fashion in at least 100 different ways. This program offers a tremendous canvas for creativity and will launch Santa Monica Place in great style, reflecting the particular interests and sensibilities of the Westside.

The Mannequin Collective is a partnership benefiting Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art and Design.

The top five mannequins will be chosen by a jury of local artists and community leaders. Afterward they’ll be displayed at the Otis campus in Westchester, as well as at their other fashion design location in downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Place will donate $10,000 to support scholarships at Otis, for the person who is the winner of the Grand Design winner of the juried event.

“Fostering artistic expression is important to our community and to Otis, and The Mannequin Collective is an exciting way to link a new fashion destination with the city’s robust art and design world,” said Samuel Hoi, President of the Otis College of Art and Design.

Mannequins that are part of The Mannequin Collective exhibit won’t be “dressed” the way shoppers see them in stores; instead, they ‘ll be designed for the competition using a broad range of artistic materials –including paints, beads, clay, papier-mâché, metal, wire, mosaic glass, ceramic tiles, shoes, eyeglasses, sea glass, leather, jewels, fabric, hardware, stones, plaster, and other recycled objects and more.

Santa Monica Place is highlighting the launch of The Mannequin Collective with unmarked appearances by unadorned mannequins throughout Santa Monica and the Westside.

The urban beach experience is a major design focus for the new Santa Monica Place, which is located just two blocks from the beach and right next to the popular Third Street Promenade.

Other retail attractions at the property include a growing roster of specialty stores including Burberry, Kitson, Nike, CB2, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Tory Burch, AllSaints Spitalfields, 7 For All Mankind, Love Culture and other unique brands.

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