NewYork artist Brian Tolle's sculpture for this California mall is whimsical & witty ......
And what could possibly say "shopping mall" better than this giant shopping bag!!!
Installed this past month at the entrance to the Los Cerritos Shopping Center, the stainless steel sculpture is 20 feet high, 16 feet wide and 9 feet deep ...... and glows with LED's that project a changing range of color. Titled "Remembering Walter Deubner: Inventor of the Shopping Bag," the piece was commissioned by the Macerich Company, owners of the California property, and it is the center-piece of the $95 million mall expansion that has just been completed.
Brian, an award winning artist and graduate of Yale University School of Art, has done a number of complex site-specific public commissions....... including works in Battery Park and City Hall in New York City, for the Cleveland Public Art Project, as well as the University of Washington in Seattle. He is represented by CRG Gallery in New York.
"Brian Tolle's sculptures and installations emphasize a formal and iconographic dialogue with history and context. Architecture, site, and technology are recurring themes. Using a variety of media, his work draws from the scale and experience of it's surroundings, provoking a re-reading by cross-wiring reality and fiction."