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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Sweetwater Park Art Community Meeting

The Port of San Diego is hosting a public engagement event on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 with distinguished artist Roberto Salas, who has been selected to create public art for the future Sweetwater Park in the Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista’s Chula Vista Bayfront redevelopment. This event follows a Meet the Artist event held June 22, 2022.

As a Port of Communities initiative, this public engagement opportunity is an important step in the development and ultimate approval of a concept proposal for specific artwork design or designs that will be created for Sweetwater Park. Community members, project stakeholders, and others interested in engaging with the artwork development process and learning about the artist’s preliminary ideas and concepts for public art in Sweetwater Park are invited.

Attendees will have the opportunity to provide input related to the artist’s preliminary concepts through written and verbal comments. Additionally, a survey will be made available online for ten days after the event for follow-up comments and for anyone unable to attend who would like to provide feedback.

Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be provided along with an area for children’s art activities.

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About Roberto Salas
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Roberto Salas has numerous ties to the San Diego region and is a University of California, San Diego graduate where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in visual arts. Roberto is a versatile artist, teacher, and lecturer who has completed numerous artworks ranging from sculptures and mosaics to painted murals and large-scale stone steles.

Roberto Salas’ extensive body of public art works and exhibitions have been commissioned and displayed by numerous cities, schools, museums, and other organizations throughout the western United States and internationally. Included among his significant San Diego area art installations are: “DREAM – A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.” (bronze sculpture) along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade in San Diego; “Las Americas de Lejos” (mosaic mural) at Logan Heights Library; and “Itzamna” (engraved images of Mayan deity of writing and learning on exterior limestone panels) at Southwestern College Learning Resource Center, Chula Vista campus.