New public art has been installed at the traffic median on Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive as part of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program. Meringue, by artist Kiduck Kim, went up this week and will be on display from May 2021, to July 2022.
Meringue has taken the place of the Cacti public art sculptures by James Peterson, which debuted on November 3, 2018. Cacti was supposed to run until November 2019, but the installation ran for much longer. It was extended to May 2021.
The light sweet confection is the latest inspiration to hit Santa Monica Boulevard. Kiduck Kim has captured a meringue’s sensual curves that invite touch. The artist intends it to feel like a portal to travel without moving—that you travel when you come in contact with it, not physically, but in the imagination. The translucency of Meringue lets sunlight in to glow naturally during the daytime, and at night transforms Meringue into a mixing chamber of various light combinations.
More photos to follow of the sculptures when they light up at night.
Award winning architect and artist Kiduck Kim explores the spectrums between art and architecture, digital fabrication and handcrafted, man-made and natural, virtual and real, through geometric experimentations. Creation as a way of everyday living, Kiduck searches to find the underlying meaning of life by making the invisible visible. First prize winner of Baku International Architecture Award endorsed by the UIA (International Union of Architects), recipient of the Next Generation Design Leader awarded by the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and exhibitor at the Venice Biennale in 2006, Kiduck’s work has been showcased internationally. A licensed architect, with a masters degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, he honed his skills while working at Zaha Hadid Architects and Eisenman Architects, and, together with Frank Gehry, ran a graduate program at UCLA. www.kiduck.kim.
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division delivers a broad array of arts programs. They including: Art on the Outside (temporary public art), City Poet Laureate, Drag Queen Story Hour, Free Theatre in the Parks, Grants, Holiday Programming, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, National Pdoetry Month, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art), and WeHo Reads.