Dana Point Celebrates Arts & Humanities Month

Every October is Arts & Humanities month and in Dana Point the arts play a big role in our small beach community. We are encouraging residents to get out and enjoy public art located throughout Dana Point all month long!

The City works hard to ensure that as Dana Point grows, so do the opportunities for public art contributions. Located throughout the City’s parks, streets, and structures are an assortment of art pieces with styles ranging from classical to modern. Many of them reflect the City’s rich history, but all of them contribute to the unique beauty that is Dana Point. In 1994, the City established an Art in Public Places program to incorporate art into new developments. Some of the art exhibits shown below are the result of the City’s implementation of that program.

The Lantern Bay Park reef sculpture entitled “Offshore Forest” is an abstract representation of the many kelp forests found in our local coastal waters.

The La Plaza Water Fountain features three glass mosaic murals representing sea life off the shore of Dana Point with various local marine species amongst the kelp forest and coral/crustacean encrusted rocks.

The Richard Henry Dana Statue is a nine-foot-high bronze sculpture of Dana, who was a seaman, politician, lawyer, author and whom the City of Dana Point is named for.

Have you seen the eye-catching painted elephants that can be found around town?  The Elephant Parade, an art exhibit that made its US debut in Dana Point in 2013, brought 38 painted elephants to town, and a few, such as the “Bright Beauty” located in Pines Park, stayed behind as permanent art fixtures.

The City also recently opened Waterman’s Plaza on PCH.  The Plaza features bronze statues of local legends Hobie Alter, Phil Edwards and Bruce Brown.  In addition to the bronze statues, the plaza also contains a beautiful Mosaic tile piece of the iconic Endless Summer movie poster, interpretive panels and several custom corten steel signs.  Additional statues and tributes to local surf pioneers are in the works for future installation.

Please use the link below to find out more information on public art pieces located throughout Dana Point.