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BoldPas: An Art Takeover

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BoldPas: An Art Takeover

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Presented by: Old Pasadena Management District
Throughout Old Pasadena
Pasadena, CA 91105

Free and open to the public

Old Pasadena is the canvas for your day of art and play!

BoldPas is a free, one-day intersection of design, architecture, art, history, and public space featuring site-specific art installations in Old Pasadena’s historic, pedestrian alleyways. Works from L.A. artists feature a “bold” theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness; many encourage direct interaction with viewers. Selected artists come from multidisciplinary backgrounds and professions that include architecture, art and design, history, and urban planning. Both established and up-and-coming artists from the Los Angeles area are chosen to participate.

The free event will highlight the character of the unique urban and historic public spaces of Old Pasadena’s 22-block district. Visitors are invited to spend the day walking the district and encountering artistic, ephemeral interventions at every turn. Come experience Old Pasadena with new eyes – gather with friends, stroll the alleys and side streets, meet artists and local business owners, snap and share your photos, and connect with Pasadena’s creative community.

More than a dozen mid- large-scale temporary installations will be on view throughout our historic downtown, and many of our merchants participate as "Art Stops" by decorating their storefronts in creative and surprising ways.




The following proposals were selected to participate in the inaugural BoldPas:

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Arty Vartanyan & Zenah Sakaamini “Vantage Obscura” – Six 8-foot cubes of simple yarn and translucent colored film woven throughout a wooden framework where the viewer walks around and inside of the art work. 

Vantage Obscura Vartanyan Arty 2


Asli Tusavul “Better as a Color” – Comprises thousands of straws sewn together and strung in rows across a 50-foot pre-fabricated steel frame. 

Better As a Color Tusavul Asli


Anali Gharakhani “Blister” – Seven compressed and nesting cardboard spheres that can be rearranged for visitors to sit and lounge. 

Blister Gharakhani Anali 2


Viviana Palacio “Displacement of Working Objects” – Evoking Pasadena’s past as a citrus grove capital, the installation places together found wooden orchard ladders formerly used for fruit picking. 

Displacement of Working Objects Palacio Viviana 2


Abbey Luck “The Rainbow Gates” – Recyclable and brightly colored large streamers strung across an urban alleyway to create seven inverse rainbows.  

Rainbow Gates Abbey Luck


Sarah Umles “Crystal Lucida”– An installation that encourages visitors to paint the reflections and colorful shadows created on a white table surface when light is refracted through 100 cut-glass containers filled with colored water.

Crystal Lucida Umles Sarah


Paul HeintzColorful Cacti”– 200 brightly colored papier-mache cacti, some of them standing upwards of seven feet tall, bringing a showy garden to an urban alley.

Colorful Cacti Heintz Paul

Ash CanoRose Garden” – A garden of six-foot roses crafted from painted pipes, cardboard, and paper that can be “plucked” and serve as a photographic prop.

Rose Garden Cano Ash


L.L. KessnerMacro/Micro Waves” – This tissue paper “tapestry” will call to mind a hanging sea of brightly colored blue waves and the pattern of microwave radiation. 

Macro Micro Waves Kessner Lindsay


Po Yang LeungWalking the Pets” – A whimsical papier-mache installation of “pets” ranging in size from 18” to 36” tall – a size meant to encourage interaction with visitors. 

Walking the Pets Leung Po Yang


Andrew Hem, renowned LA painter/muralist, will be live painting on Mercantile Place throughout the day in preparation for an upcoming exhibition.

2017 Misty Blue mural Providence RI Andrew Hem


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