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Sentient Beings

North Hollywood, California



The Sentient Beings are a playful collection of stainless steel forms placed at the entry to the Art Institute of California, Hollywood located along Lankershim Blvd. in the emerging arts district of North Hollywood. Each sculpture is constructed of forty-eight formed stainless rods and lit with two programmable energy efficient LED colored lights. Sized between fourteen and eighteen feet tall, the curves of the pieces relate to the human body. The grouping of columns compliments the glass and concrete exterior of the building developed by JH Snyder Company with architectural design by Jerde Partnership. Reaching the height of the first floor of the building, the sculptures can be easily viewed by both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Using a lithocrete pad with reflective aggregates, like a pedestal, these forms encourage passersby to touch the columns and interact with the placement in the fifteen-foot diameter base. In daylight, the stainless steel surfaces play with reflection and refraction of natural light. At night the color changing lights bring the sculptures to life, creating a dynamic experience depending on light levels and proximity to the pieces. With the ability to be programmed to highlight special events and holidays the grouping of sculptures will maintain relevance throughout the year.


Sentient Beings -  - Projects - Cliff Garten Studio

North Hollywood, CA


Stainless Steel, LED Lights, Lithochrome Paving

Eight Parts, 18’ H x 15’ L x 15’ W Overall

Commissioned by
Community Redevelopment Agency of City of Los Angeles

Patrell Engineering, Glendora, CA

Client Reference
Corinne Weitzman, Principal, C. Weitzman Art Advisory
Susan Gray, Cultural Arts Planner, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City Los Angeles

Cliff Garten