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Shelltown community input needed for art project

September 9, 2011

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

    Two San Diego artists that were selected to create the art for an important development project in Shelltown will be accepting input from the community.

    Artists Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendón will be having a conversation on Sept. 13 with community stake holders to get suggestions for the public art component of the Southcrest Trails Park Development.

    After a temporary suspension of projects within the City of San Diego Public Art Program, the art project for Southcrest Trails Park has been authorized to proceed. The selected artists will hold their Treasure Hunt meeting as a component on the September Southcrest Recreation Council meeting agenda.

    At the Treasure Hunt, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Southcrest Recreation Center, 4149 Newton St., San Diego, the artists wish to learn about the history and character of the neighborhood, the demographic make-up of the neighborhood, notable local folks and their personal histories, legends, folklore and anecdotes about the neighborhood, what the neighborhood is most known for, and prominent images, geography or landmarks in the neighborhood.

    If you can’t attend the meeting, the artists will be accepting input through Friday, September 16, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

    You can email comments and ideas to Nigel Brookes, Arts Management Specialist for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture ( and he will forward them to the artists. Please title such email suggestions “Southcrest Trails Art” in the subject line.

    San Diego’s Southcrest Trails Park is within the Chollas Creek floodplain, part of the smallest watershed in San Diego and containing the highest population density. The Park itself is located northeast of the Interstate 5 and Interstate 15 freeway junction, south of Boston Avenue and west of South 38th Street.

    As to the timeline, there is a delay in the park construction because of an environmental review regarding noise from the junction of the two nearby freeways. Construction of the park itself is anticipated to be complete in early 2014, Brookes said.

    Ober and Rendón will design, fabricate and install an artwork or artworks, responding to the unique history and context of Southcrest Trails Park in Southeastern San Diego.

    Ingram Ober was born in Santa Barbara, and grew up in Coventry, CT. He attended Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL, where he studied Marine Biology and Visual Arts. He received his Masters of Fine Art in 2003, from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont.           

 Marisol Rendón was born in 1975 in Manizales, Colombia. She began her BA in the School of Arts at the Caldas University, where, after her graduation, she worked as a professor for four years. In 1999 she acquired the title of, Specialist in Semiotics and Hermeneutics of Art, offered by the National University of Colombia.

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