BoldPas is a one-day “art takeover” of historic Old Pasadena, showcasing selected, site-specific, temporary art installations and local businesses’ artistic storefronts. The event is designed to highlight Old Pasadena’s unique urban and historic spaces and to encourage visitors to enjoy the space, history, and character of the district.
Selected installations are medium- to large-scale, site-specific, and public; they are community friendly and bold in theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness. Artists were encouraged to use common, every day found and lightweight materials to emphasize the temporary nature of the artworks. The installations will be in place only for one day, creating an ephemeral nature and not-to-miss excitement.
District merchants – both locally owned and national retailers – are joining the fun, creating bold displays on their storefronts and display windows. More than three dozen merchants will participate, the majority of which are off the more familiar Colorado Boulevard. Visitors can meander historic alleyways and side streets to explore Old Pasadena’s wonderful history, architecture, retailers, and restaurants, while taking in unique artistic interventions at every turn.
Finally, the public will have the opportunity to take one of two walking tours during the event, guided by Pasadena Walking Tours. While strolling the district, tour-goers will learn more about Old Pasadena’s permanent public art while also taking in the installations and chatting with the day’s guest artists.
We will be announcing the selected art installations and more details soon!