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Diana Thater

Project Area:  Bunker Hill
Project:  The Colburn School
Project Location:  200 S. Grand Avenue
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


The Artist’s goals were to create an artwork for the Colburn School façade and plaza that was both elegant and celebrated the role of music and the performing arts. In addition, the artist through her artwork sought to create a sense of arrival that would serve as a communal space, making students feel part of a unified campus, while also welcoming the public, inviting them to gather informally before or after events.  The resulting artwork creates harmony between the old and new buildings through a concert of color and light with effects achieved through a variety of fixtures, gels and lenses.
Colburn School front entrance
Colburn School plaza

Artist Profile

Diana Thater was born in San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles.  She received a B.A. in Art History from New York University and an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design.  Thater has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States and Europe including exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Walker Art Center; SITE Santa Fe; MOCA; and the Whitney Museum of Art.  Thater was awarded an NEA New Genres Fellowship and a residency at Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, France.  She received her first permanent public art commission for a tall office building complex, the Shaw Tower, in Vancouver, BC.