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Port to Celebrate Temporary Art Installation “Bench Party” at a Free Public Event Featuring the San Diego Dance Theater

The Port of San Diego is hosting a free event on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. inviting the public to experience the temporary art installation, “Bench Party” at the north end of Bayside Park in Chula Vista.

The artwork was created under the Port’s curatorial program by artist team Jose Parral and Tasia Paulson and is comprised of more than 30 wood and steel sculptures that function as benches. The sculptures are artistically arranged in clusters around the site, creating gathering spaces to activate the area. The artists also envisioned the installation as a way for the public to enjoy the unique vantage points of South San Diego Bay’s natural and industrial landscapes.

Parral and Paulson are a California-based art and design team whose work crosses over between landscape urbanism and public art. Their combined experience includes international collaborations as part of the InSite 05 exhibition in the San Diego/Tijuana border region, as well as in Rome, New York City, and San Francisco.

During the May 6 event, the San Diego Dance Theater will be performing a series of site-specific dances inspired by the artwork and waterfront landscape. The company was founded in 1972 and has earned a reputation as a company of professional dancers committed to unconventional and courageous programming. They are also known for cross-border projects, site-specific Trolley Dances and summer dance workshops.

In addition to the live performances, event attendees will enjoy free food and refreshments, a photo booth and giveaways.

“Bench Party” opened in Bayside Park on November 19, 2016. Since then, the Port’s Office of Arts & Culture has scheduled separate free public events at the location to encourage the public to come out and experience the artwork and to help activate the area. On April 20, the San Diego Youth Symphony’s Community Opus Project performed, and on Saturday, May 20, the Fern Street Circus will be entertaining at the final event, which is also the final day that “Bench Party” will be on view.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.