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.
You’re reading the Culture Report, Voice of San Diego’s weekly collection of the region’s cultural news.
Alt Spaces, Creation Museum Rejection, Math + Art and Film Cut
• San Diego CityBeat takes a look at the vast contributions and the often limited life-cycle of some of the city’s most interesting and experimental alternative art venues.
“All the greatest galleries that I’ve ever loved have lasted less than five years,” said Dan Allen, the new owner of Canvas Gallery, an alternative art space housed in a downtown basement. “I’ve seen so many places come and go in San Diego, and I really didn’t want to lose this place. … There’s a lot of forward-thinking people that can do interesting work if they’re given the space to do it.”