The City of West Hollywood will debut the temporary art installation Falling on Deaf Ears by artist Julio Sims on Monday, September 11, 2023 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room lobby area, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The art installation is part of the City’s Art on the Outside program and it will remain on view at this location through Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
Falling on Deaf Ears by Los Angeles-based artist Julio Sims is a free-standing folding screen mural, measuring 6′ high x 22′ long x 1′ deep, depicting individuals using American Sign Language (ASL) to express the following concept: “What if a tree falls and no one hears?” The artwork will be installed facing the 22′ length of windows to the left of the building’s entrance and will be viewable from outside the building. The pleated surfaces will display three sets of dual images conveying each ASL sign creating a lenticular effect of the illusion of movement for pedestrian passersby.
Julio Sims is a professional artist based in Los Angeles with four permanent public art commissions in the collection of the City of Los Angeles, the City of Culver City, and the New Roads School in Santa Monica. Sims has exhibited in both solo and group shows in non-profit and commercial art galleries nationally. His visual set designs have also appeared in dance performances internationally.
The Art on the Outside program is the City’s temporary art program that installs rotating artworks throughout the city. The artworks can include sculpture, murals, digital art, and other outdoor works. Most exhibitions remain on display between six months and three years. All projects are subject to the Art on the Outside Program Review and Approval Process. The program is funded through the Public Beautification & Art Fund.
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division delivers a broad array of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Arts Grants, City Poet Laureate, Drag Laureate, Free Theatre in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art), WeHo Pride Arts Festival, and WeHo Reads. For more information about City of West Hollywood arts programming, please visit www.weho.org/arts.