On view: February 1 – March 19, 2016
Adams Square Mini Park, 1020 East Palmer Avenue, Glendale CA 91204
Enjoy Beluga’s Journey, YaYa Chou’s installation at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station. Belugas’s Journey is a continuation of a traveling temporary public art project designed to raise the awareness of dislocated wild animals. The installation consists of an artist-designed inflatable in the shape of a beluga whale.
The Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station provides a whimsical environment which alludes to an aquarium for the whale. Residents can enjoy a surprising and playful atmosphere and interact with the “dry tank” viewing of the beluga whale. Beluga’s Journey was initiated in 2008 after deaths of multiple beluga whales occurred in aquariums and zoos around the world. Utilizing the imagery of a lone beluga whale, a social animal, in a public setting and surreal way, I invite the public to appreciate life sciences and wildlife, question the boundary between conservation and entertainment, as well as encourage them to approach the familiar site with fresh perspectives.
The Beluga’s Journey is part of a series of installations at the Adams Square Mini Park supported by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission with funding from the Urban Art Plan.