What’s New on Catalina Island – December 6, 2016
75 Room Holiday Inn Resort Now Open on Catalina Island
Completely renovated guest rooms, lobby area, fitness center, meeting space. Redesigned exterior, landscaping, and a more modern look at feel.
Over $6 million has been invested in the renovation to-date.
Amenities include: Over 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, on site restaurant (Seaport Bistro), on site spa (the Spa at Catalina), pool & sunbathing area, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, pet friendly accommodations, table tennis, complimentary shuttle, complimentary Wi-Fi., Kid-friendly suites coming soon.
Official press release and quote: http://www.pacificahost.com/news.aspx
World Premier of Doug Aitkin Art Installation in Catalina’s Casino Point Dive Park
Produced by Parley for the Oceans and presented in partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), the work at Catalina Island consists of three temporary underwater sculptures, floating beneath the ocean’s surface that swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers swim through and experience at 10, 20 and 30 foot depths.
Geometric in design, the sculptures create underwater spaces synthesizing art and science as they are constructed with carefully researched materials and are moored to the ocean floor. Part of each structure is mirrored to reflect the underwater seascape and create a kaleidoscopic observatory for the viewer, while other surfaces are rough and rock-like. The environments created by the sculptures will constantly change with the currents and the time of day, focusing the attention of the viewer on the rhythm of the ocean and its life cycles.
Underwater Pavilions engages the living ocean ecosystem as the viewer swims into and through the sculptures, which create reflective abstractions. The work operates as an observatory for ocean life, creating a variety of converging perceptual encounters. Both aesthetic and scientific, Underwater Pavilions puts the local marine environment and the global challenges around ocean conversation in dialogue with the history of art, inviting the viewer to write a contemporary narrative of the ocean and to participate in its protection.
According to Christina Caputo of Parley “The exhibit is very popular with divers and live underwater cameras came online in early December.” A link to the cameras and more information may be found here: https://www.underwaterpavilions.com/. A documentary film about the project will be released later this year.
Artist Doug Aitken (b. 1968) has created a body of work that explores the evolving ways people experience memory and narrative and relate to fast-paced urban environments. During the past decade, the artist has created innovative contemporary video art by fracturing the narrative structures of his films across multi-screen environments. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York (which commissioned a large-scale outdoor video installation–the first of its kind at the venerable institution), and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In 1999 he was awarded the International Prize at the Venice Biennale, and in 2000 he won the Aldrich Award.
Renovated Joe Machado Field Grand Opening Announced
The City of Avalon has completed renovations and artificial turf installation at its athletic facility named Joe Machado field. Located in Avalon Canyon the field was originally built in 1993 and is regularly used for baseball, softball, football and various community events. The renovations were largely funded by a $500,000 grant from Anheuser Busch following the city being host destination of Budweiser’s Up For Whatever event in 2015. “Switching to artificial turf will help to address the drought conditions currently facing the island and its residents while providing a superior playing surface for games and events,” said Mayor Anni Marshall.
A grand opening of the renovated facility is scheduled for Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm with community games preceding between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
Please contact the Community Services Department for additional information at 310.510.0220.
Avalon Fit Trail to Debut December 23, 2016
The Avalon Fit Trail is under construction in Avalon Canyon with installations from the lower canyon at Avalon People’s Park continuing to the upper canyon at Joe Machado Field. The distance between the two workout areas is .7 mi. Site work is currently underway for the project. The fitness equipment at Avalon People’s Park has been installed and completion of the project is anticipated to be Friday December 23, 2016. Once completed, there will be 8 upper body/core strengthening stations at Joe Machado Field and a nice mix of 17 cardio and strength training pieces of equipment at Avalon People’s Park. Exercises at Avalon People’s Park will range from cardio exercises on an outdoor elliptical and rowing machine to strength training pieces to include a bench press, a shoulder press and a leg press.
Please contact the City of Avalon Community Services Department for additional information at 310.510.0220.