North City launches latest installation
See + Do This latest piece joins a collection of creative sculptures and large murals strategically placed throughout the project.
Wednesday, December 29, 20210
North City, the developing downtown hub in North County, is celebrating the debut of its latest artwork, “Wood Toy Fire Gate” by artist Taylor H. Morgan. This latest piece joins a collection of creative sculptures and large murals strategically placed throughout the project for local residents, as well as hundreds of visitors, who roam the community to live, eat, work and play every day.
Public art has long been used to celebrate, define, and inspire communities, which is why North City has partnered with local and regional artists to help transform the 200-acre mixed-use development. The program is designed to attract visitors, foster a sense of community identity and provide a dynamic and creative environment for residents, students and young professionals.
Walk around the property to learn about the evolution of a relationship with Morgan, a frequent North City collaborator and local lumber and metal maker. Morgan and his team are responsible for the seamless interweaving of their work into day-to-day life in North City, including:
The brightly colored custom steel benches in Block C’s paseo, a walkway along the 268-unit apartment complex with restaurants, shops, and offices on the ground floor.
The interior frame of Union Cowork, the creative cowork office building and the home of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.
Personalized reception at the Mesa Rim Climbing Center (recently nominated for an Orchid Award by the San Diego Architectural Association).
The whimsical new bead toy door system reminiscent of childhood alongside the upcoming Draft Republic Brewing Co.
Morgan is also in the process of creating an elaborate steel outdoor patio for Japanese restaurant Umami, inspired by the âTsunami Waveâ painting to be unveiled in 2022.
Here are some of the other whimsical works of art visitors will find while strolling through the North City Gardens:
“Batman Playing Checkers”, a recycled junk art sculpture by Patrick Amiot in front of The Quad, an 866 bed student housing project.
100-foot mural of a photograph of “Grand Oak” by Philipp Scholz Rittermann, a German photographer born in San Diego whose work is exhibited around the world, positioned at the exit of the Mesa Rim Climbing Center, a leading rock climbing and fitness in North Town.
‘Cougar’ sculpture by Alberto Bevacqua, Venice-based photographer and steel art maker, in the walkway of the Extended Learning Building in honor of North City’s partnership with CSUSM on the innovative building.
“Secret Panda” by local artist Hugo Fierro, who looks over a hedge in the paseo meeting those passing by with a curious gaze.
See you there, San Diego!