Downtown Art

It’s time to take an “art walk,” a real one, along Camino Del Mar, from 9th to 15th Street and west to Stratford, to view five new sculptures now in place. The collaboration between DMF and the City’s Arts Advisory Committee to implement this Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit came to fruition despite the City’s Covid-related budget constraints, thanks to the Del Mar Foundation, which fully funded and provided management support for the program. The five sculptures, all by local artists, will be on display for up to 23 months (they are for sale and may be replaced after one year if sold).


A newly-created Del Mar Art Walk Map features these five temporary sculptures, along with the city’s permanent sculptures (installed downtown, at the Powerhouse, and near the north and south entries to town), and those in the Del Mar Plaza’s public art collection.


Start the walk on 9th St., with “Moonshadow,” (number 1 on map) a kinetic sculpture created by Jeffery Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck – give it a gentle push to set it in motion, and enjoy the interplay of light and multi-colored dichroic glass. Walk to 12th St. to enjoy “Terpsichore” (number 2 on map) by David Beck Brown, symbolizing the joy of movement and dance.


The block between 14th and 15th is especially art-rich, with three permanent artworks: James Hubbell’s “A River of Time” (the first sculpture acquired by the City), Maidy Morhous’s “Baby Boomers Google!,” and the beloved mosaic wall by Betsy Schulz and Pat Welsh. At the north end of this block, as part of the temporary exhibit, Robert Petrello’s fused glass work is beautifully framed by Drew Graham’s metalwork, with the sun bringing constant change to this “Bird’s Eye View of Torrey Pines Beach” (number 3 on map).


A bit of serendipity marks the display on 15th St. near Camino del Mar, in front of L’Auberge’s amphitheatre: the artist, Hugo Heredia, spent many hours in this area when he worked at L’Auberge some years ago. His sculpture, “Pasaje a lo Infinito” (Passage to the Infinite) (number 4 on map), is a “choreographed dance” between solid steel and fragile glass. And on 15th in front of Rusty’s is Maidy Morhous’s “Hanging Out #3,” (number 5 on map) which the Arts Advisory Committee saw as a witty expression of the Del Mar beach vibe.


Find further information about the program, the artists and the sculptures (including purchase information) at

Top Row: Jeffery Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck with Moonshadow; David Beck Brown with Terpischore; Robert Petrello and Drew Graham with Bird’s Eye View of Torrey Pines Beach; Hugo Heredia with Pasaje a lo Infinito; Maidy Morhous with Hanging Out #3.


Click on images to enlarge. Photos by Betty Wheeler, Julie Maxey-Allison, Hylton Lonstein

Click to view the Del Mar Art Walk Map
Click to view the Del Mar Art Walk Map