A Public Art Forum to discuss eight proposed public art projects for Venice, with a reception, presentations and a public discussion, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 8th, at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 Venice Blvd., Venice. Admission is free.

The Venice Arts Council, responding to what its members call a “shocking few public art sculptures,” is hosting the event in conjunction with the Arts Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council and the Venice Historical Society.

The proposed projects to be discussed include a “Non-Violence Gun,” in tribute to John Lennon; bronze camels to stroll along Abbot Kinney Boulevard; a remake of the historic “VENICE” lettering that once hung at the entrance to Windward Avenue; sculpture and landscaping at Windward Circle; and sculptural trash cans. A “Master Plan” for public art in Venice will also be a focus of the discussion, according to the Venice Arts Council.

The purpose of the forum is for the public to be able to have a say in the selection and evaluation of public art in Venice, according to the Venice Arts Council. The group also hopes to inspire a dialogue on new ideas and submissions for additional public art projects in Venice.

Images and maquettes of each project idea will be on display at the library, together with comment cards requesting input from residents of Venice. The display has been up since Tuesday, August 1st, and will remain on view through Saturday, August 15th.

Information, (310) 306-7372.

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