Margaret Lazzari and Lauren Evans are a public art painter and sculptor team based in Los Angeles, California
Facing the Sun
Facing the Sun (2018) is a permanent public art installation in the Civic Center Plaza, by City Hall, in Palmdale, California. It celebrates the movement of the sun and the beauty of the area’s desert wildflowers.
Facing the Sun is comprised of a 20-foot tall sculpture set in a concrete base. That sculpture consists of 5 large cut-out aluminum panels painted all over with familiar wildflower blooms to the area, with coreopsis, lupine, desert mallow, paintbrush plants and Joshua tree flowers. The panels point in four directions like a weather vane. They are intricately shaped with cut out voids, which cast highly-patterned shadows on other panels and the ground.
The concrete base is etched with designs that show the direction of the sunrise and sunset on the longest day of the year, the shortest day, and the equinox. They also mark astronomic north and magnetic north and contains diagrams of the phases of the moon. The logo of the City of Palmdale is etched opposite of the sun, reinforcing the association of the city with its natural environment.
Aerial View of Facing the Sun
Close-up of one panel of the Wildflower sculpture in Facing the Sun. This detail shows an area approximately 3 x 4 feet in size.
Aerial View of the Palmdale Civic Center Plaza, with Facing the Sun in the center.
Detail of the etched concrete base (15 feet in diameter)
The sculpture lit at night.
The model of the wildflower pole, seen from above. The actual sculpture is 19 feet tall and 8.5 feet wide. It features Joshua Tree, mallow, coreopsis, lupine and red paintbrush blooms.
Tracks is a custom fabricated lace fence that encloses the animal care buildings at the Los Angeles County Castaic Animal Care Center. Our design features the tracks of dogs, cats, tortoises, goats, and horses. The Castaic shelter has housed and cared for all of these kinds of animals, until they are adopted into their forever home. This great facility is just off the 5 Freeway at 31044 Charlie Canyon Rd, Castaic, California, 91384
The main entry gate to the animal facilities at Castaic.
The cast shadows are wonderfully beautiful.
Tortoise tracks seem to emerge from the ground.
A nice view of a the shadow of horseshoe tracks.
A close up view of the different kinds and densities of mesh that make the track images visible.
The mesh designs are quite beautiful.
Sea and Sky
Fairwind Project Tripointe Homes, Huntington Beach, CA
Seven panels ranging from eight to ten feet in height will feature themes of native birds and fish.
The Sculpture utilizes the reclaimed steel screen from the original site of the Lamb Elementary School. This design emphasizes upward movement and verticality. The shapes are house-like, with openings that suggest doors and windows, while also recalling the historical architecture of Lamb Elementary School. On one side of each component, is the bright blue of the sky or swimming pool water. On the other side of each piece is the color of the ocean in shallow water. The sculpture has a constantly changing appearance depending upon the viewer’s location. The edges are covered with a brushed stainless steel.
Model for Sea and Sky
Model for Sea and Sky
Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project. City of Santa Monica, California. installation 2014.
Three permanent public art works installed along a two block section in southern Santa Monica.Theme:Dynamically engaging urban dwellers with the nature that is specific to the area (sea birds, wild parrots, and perching birds).
Planting a Garden. Pasadena, CA
Rotating Pasadena Public Art Program, City of Pasadena, California:October 2011-September 2013
East Walnut and Foothill Site-specific Commission with original 5-panel artwork created for the site.Theme:Transforming an unassuming vacant lot by “planting” a garden consisting of panels with indigenous wild flowers and Pasadena roses.The pieces transform from day to night, with painted sections juxtaposed with illuminated Plexiglas etchings. We also planted actual wildflowers around the artwork.
Egrets Take Flight
City of Manhattan Beach Sculpture Garden 2015
The sculpture represents three great (common) egrets, which are year-around residents in the Manhattan Beach area, and all along much of the West Coast. We show them flying away from clumps of reeds, where they forage for food. Our arrangement emphasizes the elegance of these fabulous birds, with the three spiraling up and clustered at the top of the pole like a beautiful bloom. Each bird panel is painted representationally on one side. The abstract painting on the other side of each panel contains bright pigments and iridescent colors, in patterns that suggest growth, water movement, and luminosity.
Installation August 2015
Model for Egrets Take Flight
Model for Egrets Take Flight
Owensmouth/Canoga Park (Individual Commission Margaret Lazzari)
Los Angeles Metro Orange Line Extension, Sherman Way Station. Opened June 2012
Painted art panel and mosaic floor design for each of two platforms.
Theme:Making commuters more aware of their environment by connecting urban growth with natural and imported vegetation at that specific spot.
Santa Fe Spring Sister City Peace Park (Individual Commission Lauren Evans)
Globes for Santa Fe Springs Sister City Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA 2006
Permanent artwork developed in conjunction with landscape architects.