The intersection of Euclid and Imperial avenues in southeastern San Diego has long been known as the “Four Corners of Death.” Gang violence, drug activity and shootings have plagued the area, but a new public-art project could help the neighborhood reclaim and eventually transform the space.
KPBS takes an in-depth look at the community-driven process to install public art at the intersection. The project is spearheaded by the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), which received a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to put public art in four underserved neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, National City and Lemon Grove.
“How many of these neighborhoods have had any attention as an art designation? None,” said Roberto Salas, the artist leading up the effort in Lincoln Park. “And we need that. The majority of these people are equal in paying taxes and they should have the same amenities that every other city has.”
Salas described the artwork the community came up with — a string of white LED lights strung like a halo above the infamous intersection — as simple, effective and out-of-the-box. But Dana Springs, interim executive director of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, said the process of getting the simplistic piece approved could be somewhat difficult.