Permanent Public Art Projects
Chase Erachi Crosswalk Mural
Pow!Wow! Antelope valley
POw!Wow! Antelope Valley
2016 & 2018
August 6 - 14, 2016
As part of MOAH's Made in America exhibition, Lancaster will take part in a growing series of global events called POW!WOW! As the founder Jasper Wong describes it, POW! is the impact art has on a person and WOW! is the reaction that art has on a viewer. He adds, together they form POW WOW, which is a Native American term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art. This event began in Hawaii and has grown into a global network of artists, gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations across the globe.
POW!WOW! Antelope Valley revolves around a series of murals, artist talks and engagement events. Mural Artists include: Amandalynn, Andrew Schoultz, David Flores, Bumblebeelovesyou, Yoskay Yamamoto , Julius Eastman, Kris Holladay, Lady Echo, Mark Dean Veca, MEGGS, MOUF and Michael Jones.
Official POW!WOW! Map
Public Utility Boxes
Photo by Andi Campognone
Check out this awesome time lapse video of Chase Erachi's mural masterpiece!
Artist: Guy Dill
Commissioned by the City of Lancaster as part of the Arts and Public Places program, “Astral Challenger” was created by Los Angeles-based artist Shana Mabari. The sculpture was commissioned in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and was installed at the intersection of Challenger Way and Avenue L. Challenger was assembled at the Palmdale Lockheed plant and used what is now known as Challenger Way as its transportation route from Palmdale to Edwards Air Force Base. Formerly named 10th Street East, the street was renamed shortly after the disaster by the Lancaster City Council to honor the lives that were lost. The blue panels on the sculpture represent the seven lives lost, plus an additional panel for the remaining loved ones who still mourn their loss. The roundabout was opened in February, 2016, and “Astral Challenger” was installed in May.
Brad Howe One Desert Sky
Drawing upon the stories of local Antelope Valley residents, artist and Antelope Valley native Brad Howe created the installation that now hangs in the atrium of the High Desert Regional Health Center, located on Avenue I and. Taking mental pictures from these stories, Howe turned them into actual images – 8,000 laser-cut aluminum plates painted blue. Spearheaded by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, a naming contest took place with the winning name being “One Desert Sky” – an imagine invoked by the blue images and the stories behind them.
The Musical Road
In September, 2008, Honda Motor Company constructed a musical road on Avenue K, between 60th Street West and 70th Street West as part of their Honda Civic ad campaign. After several complaints from local residents, the street was then paved over to alleviate the nuisance that it created. However, after much public interest, the Lancaster City Council decided to reconstruct the road and relocate it to a more remote location on Avenue G, between 30th Street West and 40th Street West. Both projects used the same melodic line from Rossini’s William Tell Overture. However, possibly due to miscalculations during the engineering process, the melodic intervals are quite different than the actual tune, while the rhythmic patterns are accurate. This is the first musical road to be constructed in the United States, and is only one of a few located in the entire world.
Pete Knight Mural
The William “Pete” Knight mural was created by local artist Geo-May and commissioned by the City of Lancaster as part of the Aerospace Walk on Lancaster Blvd. It commemorates the accomplishments of Edwards Air Force Base stationed aeronautical engineer, test pilot, combat pilot, and astronaut whom holds the world’s speed record for flight in a winged aircraft. He was one of four Air Force pilots selected to pilot the Dyna Soar (X-20) aircraft in the first Air Force space program. He was also one of eight X-15 pilots to earn his astronaut wings by flying an airplane in space 280,000 feet. Knight later became Palmdale’s first elected mayor and served on the State Senate.
Random Acts of Music
As a community engagement project, the City of Lancaster placed five pianos along The BLVD. The city then asked local artists to paint the pianos. Through this project, the city encourages people of all ages and skill levels to stop and play music.