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Big Wet Dog

Sculpture in Civic Center Park

The Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition is the City's largest display of public art.  Established in 2014, ten pieces - on loan for two years - are installed in a rotating exhibition  throughout the the award-winning park.  For more information go the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park.

Location: Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach


McFadden Square Sculpture Unveiling

McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Project

The McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Project was unveiled in a special ceremony on Monday, July 21, 2008 to commemorate the City's 100 years of history.

Location: Newport Pier, 72 McFadden Place, Newport Beach

The public art and urban beautification project, which has been constructed at the base of Newport Pier, includes granite benches surrounding a bronze sculpture and a circular walking path marked with significant events from throughout the city’s history. The sculpture, created by artist Hank Kaminsky of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a bronze sphere, five feet in diameter, with words and images illustrating significant events in the history of the 100 year history of the City of Newport Beach.

The project was inspired by the Centennial Anniversary celebration held in 2006 and funded with $500,000 of private donations from over 650 individuals, organizations and companies. Donors names are engraved on the granite surfaces throughout the project.

Ben Carlson Memorial Ben Carlson Memorial Statue

The sculpture honoring lifeguard Ben Carlson, who died in the line of duty on July 6, 2014, was installed in McFadden Square at Newport Pier in July 2016. The 9-foot statue, erected near the lifeguard headquarters, depicts Carlson gazing towards the ocean prepared for a rescue.

The lifeguard building was renamed the Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters and a foundation, the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation, was created by lifeguards, friends and family to raise awareness about ocean safety, to help under-served children and to raise money for college scholarships.

The memorial was part of the Foundation’s mission. His brother-in-law, artist Jake Janz, spearheaded the project. For more information on the Ben Carlson Foundation, click here.

Location: Newport Pier, 72 McFadden Place, Newport Beach



Friendship statue

Nakayoshi - Good Friends

This sculpture was presented as a gift from Okazaki, Japan in 1994 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the two cities "Sister City" relationship.

Location:  Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach


Statue photo 1


Nakayoshi - Good Friends (Smaller statue)

This sculpture was presented as a gift from Okazaki, Japan in 2004 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the two cities "Sister City" relationship.

Location:  Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660





Butterfly Sculpture

Dawn to Dusk in the Estuary

This butterfly sculpture was created as part of the Butterfly Initiative Project in 2005 by artists Kathleen Harrison and Arlene Cartozian. 

Location: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach



Marine Memorial full view

Marine 1/1 Memorial Sculpture

In 2003 the citizens of Newport Beach adopted the First Battalion First Marines, First Marine Division.  In 2008, this memorial sculpture was "created in honor of the men and women of the 1/1 who paid the ultimate price in defending our nation and our freedom." It stands overlooking the Back Bay and Newport Harbor in Castaways Park.

Location: Castaways Park, 700 Dover Drive, Newport Beach







Mine (clock tower)

Corona Del Mar Clock Tower and Tile Wall

This clock tower and surrounding wall was created by the Corona del Mar Centennial Committee in honor of Corona del Mar's Centennial Anniversary. The green bronze edifice was installed in August 2005.

Location: Centennial Park, Marguerite Avenue/ E Coast Highway, Newport Beach



Reagan Statue

Ronald Reagan Statue

This sculpture, created by artist Miriam Baker was created in 2011 in honor of President Ronald Reagan’s Centennial Birthday.  Originally installed in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, the sculpture was moved to the Civic Center Park in 2017.

Location: Civic Center Park, near the corner of San Miguel and Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach







Seagulls in flight

Seagulls in Flight

The sculpture was was commissioned by the Friends of the Library in memory of Molly McClintock, a local teen who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1960. In 2015, the sculpture was restored by Lanzini Art Restorers and stands in front of the Corona del Mar Branch Library.

Location: Corona del Mar, CdM Branch Library, Newport Beach






Sunset Years-sm

Sunset Years

In celebration of the Balboa Island Centennial in 2016, sculptors Miriam Baker and Rhonda Jones - with support from the Balboa Island Improvement Association - donated the sculpture to the City of Newport Beach.  The piece, created by Ms. Baker and fellow artist Rhonda Jones, is a representational life-size bronze of an elderly couple seated on a bench enjoying the sunset.  The piece is meant to serve as an appreciation and celebration of Balboa Island life.

Location: Balboa Island, South Bay Front at Turquoise Avenue, Newport Beach








In 1986, Warren Hancock, a Newport Beach art collector, donated the sculpture Metalfor to the City of Newport Beach.  Created by Bret Price, Metalfor was originally installed outside the Newport Beach City Hall for part of 1986 and 1987, until it was moved to the front of the Newport Center Library.  When the Library closed in 1994, the City relocated Metalfor to its current location in West Newport.

The royal blue painted steel abstract work, which weighs 1,400 pounds and is 9 feet high, was the centerpiece of the 22nd annual Newport Beach City Art Festival in 1986. Intense heating of the metal to make it malleable created its curvilinear form. The steel was repeatedly bent and rolled during this period of elasticity to give it "a sense of softness (and an) illusion of flexibility," sculptor Price explained.

Location: West Newport, Superior Avenue and West Coast Highway, Newport Beach



Sphere 112

A public favorite first installed as part of Phase I of Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition, Sphere 112 was crafted by artist Ivan McLane of Portland, Oregon. In 2017, the sculpture was purchased by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation and donated to the City of Newport Beach. The piece is crafted out of thousands of welded stainless steel rods of varying lengths and shapes.

Fun Fact: The Sphere was name for the size of its diameter, 112 inches, which means it stands at slightly over 9 feet high.

Location: Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach




Friendship Statue

The sculpture was presented to the City of Newport Beach in October 2014 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the affiliation of Okazaki and Newport Beach as Sister Cities. Presented by Yasuhiro Uchida, Mayor, City of Okazaki.

Location: Irvine Terrace Park, Newport Beach







Sea Lions on the Rock

Sea Lions on the Rock

Sculpted by local artist Kay Finch in 1962 in memory of her husband Braden L. Finch, a former Newport Beach City Councilman, this bronze sculpture of a mother and baby seal were permanently mounted just below Inspiration Point in Corona del Mar in 1971. 

Location: Inspiration Point, Corona del Mar




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