Previous Installations at the Station

Former Public Art Installations at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

NTC Foundation’s Art in Public Places Committee, chaired by Vicki Reed, has selected six temporary art projects as part of a new rotating program titled Installations at the Station. These widely diverse, site-specific outdoor art installations will continue to help transform the historic 100-acre former Naval Training Center site into a thriving arts and culture destination for the community.

Artists were invited to submit proposals that use art to transform the monochromatic, rigid former military base into a creative place that reflects the historic and cultural vibrancy of the San Diego-Baja border region. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted to the committee and reviewed on criteria related to innovation, community engagement, whether the project showcased the history of San Diego, enhanced the dignity of the site and added to the creative hub of the ARTS DISTRICT. In addition, the panel looked at authenticity, creativity, budget and experience. The Foundation set aside a budget of $60,000 to support this initiative.

Six projects were selected for final commissioning and will be on exhibit from a few weeks to many months, depending on the project. The works range from a sculptural tableau of painted skateboards that resemble rolling waves to a bench made entirely of rope that references the Kumeyaay, early Spanish explorers and the Navy.

Previous Installations at the Station


ARTIST: Spencer Little, San Diego
LOCATION: North Promenade (on Building 178)
INSTALLED: June 2018 – May 2019
DESCRIPTION: Designed out of one continuous wire strand, incorporating abstract and realistic images and kinetic sculpture. The artist’s work has been shown in fine art galleries, music festivals around the world, and he is co-founder of local artist collective, Creative Cohort.


ARTIST: John Dupree
LOCATION: North Promenade
INSTALLED: June 2018 – January 2020
DESCRIPTION: A self-taught artist, John Dupree has always had a passion for three-dimensional works.  Both abstract and figurative sculptures are included in his portfolio.





ARTIST: Karl Alex Roesch, Long Beach
LOCATION: North Promenade
INSTALLED: June 2018 – May 2019
DESCRIPTION: A braided rope bench that brings together cultures past and present with its design concept.  The interwoven rope lines will reflect styles from the Kumeyaay Native tribes to the Navy and modern day sailing.


ARTIST: Manuel Molina
INSTALLATION NAME: Birds Without Paradise
LOCATION: North Promenade
INSTALLED: January 2019- 
DESCRIPTION: A collaboration between the San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Tijuana Smart Border Coalition, the project was presented to promote cultural and economic cooperation in the CaliBaja Mega-Region.  Nearly 350 handmade birds crafted of natural materials including corn husks and painted in vibrant colors.



ARTIST: Lissa Corona, Oceanside and Marina Grize, San Diego
LOCATION: Barracks 16 & 17
INSTALLED: June 2018 – September 2018
DESCRIPTION: This light installation relates to the US Navy and its reverence for camaraderie, protection, love and support. REST EASY is a phrase commonly used by the Navy as an assurance to those they protect. “Rest easy tonight, U.S. Navy has the watch” was tweeted by the Navy in 2012 and the artists are using the text to invoke a variety of emotions and interactions with the viewer.


ARTIST: Lauren LeVieux, San Diego, CA
INSTALLATION NAME: Walk the Labyrinth
LOCATION: Barracks 15/16 Plaza
UNVEILING: November 2019- March 2020
DESCRIPTION: Artist Lauren LeVieux’s Walk the Labyrinth, was selected as the 2019 Illuminate the Night temporary light installation.  It is a digital interactive art installation featuring the interplay of technology and ancient form.  Labyrinths have been used for centuries as tools for problem solving, self-discovery, community connection and for ceremonies as well. This walk-able projection will was a temporary light Installation that corresponds with longer nights between November and March.