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See Robolights One Last Time in Palm Springs

Now that the Palm Springs weather is turning to what we call “cold”, it’s time for a little Christmas cheer in the desert. We have our downtown Parade of lights, which is fun for the kids, but one of our best attractions is so bright you can see it from the aerial tramway, or even from an airplane.

I guarantee you have never seen a Christmas display quite like Robolights. Artist Kenny Irwin has been building this installation of recycled art for over 35 years. Every year he adds dozens of new sculptures, so there is always something new to see. You will find Santa Claus and reindeer here, along with thousands of glistening lights, but this is not the usual Candy Cane Lane for the kids. There are some truly bizarre images mixed in among the merriment. Check out the video for a taste of what you have in store.

According to The Desert Sun newspaper, this will be the last year Robolights will be at this location, as the City of Palm Springs has mandated it be moved to a commercial space due to its popularity and size. Who knows what the future holds for Robolights, but it is highly recommended that you see it while you can.

Robolights

Suggested donation of $5-10 to enter
Hours: 4:30 – 9:30 PM
Open every night til Jan 2nd
Address: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs CA 92262

The Palm Springs Art Museum Is Free On Thursday Nights

The City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission believes that everyone should have access to art, so they have arranged to make admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum free for everyone on Thursdays (Summer hours are 12pm – 8pm). 

Palm Springs may be a small town, but our art museum is world class. The building was designed in 1974 by acclaimed mid-century architect E. Stewart Williams and it is stunning. Inside you will find major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. There are two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum has exhibited art by such notables as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, and Marc Chagall. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon perusing some amazing art, all for free. You can go across the street and buy some ice cream with all the money you saved!

As an added bonus, the Palm Springs Museum of Architecture and Design Center is also free all day Thursday (from 12pm – 5pm). You will find it at Palm Canyon and Baristo not very far from the Art Museum. 

Palm Springs Art Musem

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-322-4800

 

Palm Springs Is Jumping For Joy With New Public Art Project

The newly christened Palm Springs Cultural Center unveiled it’s latest public art project this weekend. The high-spirited photography of Eyoälha Baker was turned into a mural on the wall of the Cultural Center/Camelot Theatre.

The artist has been working on the “Jump For Joy” project for several years and is traveling around the world taking photos of people in joyful mid-air poses. The happiness in the photos is contagious, and the artist hopes to use public art to inspire joy on a mass scale. For the Palm Springs mural, she did a 3-month residency and photographed local residents in settings all around the city.

For more information about Eyoälha Baker and her photography, visit https://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com ,  and be sure to stop by the Palm Springs Cultural Center when you are in town. A great time to go is Saturday morning when you can also visit the Certified Farmers Market which is held in the parking lot.

Artist David Cerny’s “Crawling Babies” are coming to downtown Palm Springs

This is sure to get people talking. Artist David Cerny’s “Crawling Babies” are coming to downtown Palm Springs for a temporary exhibit. The artist is known for controversial sculptures, and these should definitely get some attention.

The exhibit is part of the ongoing downtown renovation and drive to get more public art throughout the city.

The Crawling Babies were previously part of an installation on the Zizkov TV Tower in the Czech Republic. They were so well received there that they tried to make them a permanent installation.

What do you think?

 

(Photos courtesy of Palm Springs Public Art)