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Anne Marie Karlsen

Project Area:  Council District 9 Corridors Project Area
Project:  Crossings on 29th Street
Project Location:  824 E. 29th Street
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated


Anne Marie Karlsen has designed three murals that are a stunning addition to the Crossings on 29th Street community center.  The mural features fields of magnolias blooming into a sea of jade, bronze, and copper colored iridescnet accents.  The artist worked closely with the architect, interior designer, and general contractor to integrate the artwork into the space.  Expert craftsmanship was required in envery stage of the project, from the the digital mapping of the design, translation into a large scale "cartoon" on which to coordinate the tiles colors, to the hand-cutting of the tiles from glass and natural stone, through to the seamless apllication of mortar and grout to set the tiles in place.
Blossoming mural during fabrication
Anne Marie Karlsen's "Blossoming" during installation

Artist Profile

Anne Marie Karlsen is a Los Angeles based public artist, designer, and arts educator.  Her public art work is featured in the collections of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the City of Pasadena Arts Commission.  Her gallery work is included in the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.  She is a tenured professor in art and design at Santa Monica City College.