Cosimo Cavallaro's Love Your Bean

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The City of West Hollywood and artist Cosimo Cavallaro will install three large-scale, brilliantly-hued sculptures designed in the shape of the beloved jelly bean candy in West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The installation is part of the City’s Art on the Outside program and is entitled, “Love Your Bean.” It will make its home in the park near the Pacific Design Center beginning in September. There will be an opening reception for “Love Your Bean” on Thursday, September 5, 2013 between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard, outside the West Hollywood Library.

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Cavallaro worked alongside Southern California fabricator Jack Brogan over the course of a year to test a wide variety of materials and methods to refine the surface and intense colors. Brogan’s detailed style had a large impact on the trademark “Finish Fetish” work from 1960s Los Angeles.

Cavallaro’s “Jelly Beans” resonate with an unbridled sense of humor and joie de vivre entirely his own.
Cavallaro, a Los Angeles resident, was born in Montreal in 1961 to Italian immigrants. He spent his childhood attending art schools in both Canada and Italy. After working as an award-winning television commercial film director throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Cavallaro focused his attention back to the visual arts. In 1995 he created a unique body of work from perishables that have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including a Chocolate Jesus and a Twiggy in Cheese.

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Art on the Outside is a program of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission that brings art out into the public realm to enhance the City’s lively pedestrian-friendly culture.

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/art or call Andrew Campbell, at (323) 848-6883. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

(Photo Credits:  ERIC MINH SWENSON)