Tongva Park and Ben Genser Square
, Santa Monica, CA
West Hollywood Library
The new West Hollywood Library is comprised of three-stories and roughly 48,000 square feet. Working with Johnson Favaro Architecture + Urban Design, Merry Norris commissioned and orchestrated the installation of Shepard Fairey's "Peace, Freedom and Creativity" at the entrance to West Hollywood Council Chambers, and a monumental plaster, bronze and porcelain sculpture by David Wiseman called "Platanus Bibliotechalis" which scales two stories of the library's stairwell.
, Beverly Hills, CA
Towering over pedestrians at eighteen feet tall, The Unconscious
by Austrian artist Franz West
consists of two looping abstract forms, each curving up at the bottom to create three stools that invite passersby to stop, take a seat, and directly engage with the artwork. This public art commission activates the plaza at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive and hopes to capitalize on the site’s Beverly Hills “Gateway” location by presenting a visually dynamic work that encourages public interaction while challenging traditional notions of public art and monumental sculpture.
LOS ANGELES POLICE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, Los Angeles, CA
Peter Shelton’s sixbeaststwomonkeys are installed in a promenade park outside the new Police Administration Building, along Spring Street between 1st and 2nd Streets in downtown Los Angeles across from the Los Angeles Times and adjacent to Los Angeles City Hall. The installation of eight individual bronze sculptures focuses this public area into a subtle and metered transition from the new administration building to the street, and forms a contemplative passage through the greater urban landscape. On the north and south end of this Spring Street parade, the two lanky “monkeys” could be seen as animated sentinels for the elephantine procession along the walkway below. Their tall and attenuated proportions are in stark contrast to the corpulent masses of the beasts between them.
ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD (Formerly Hyatt Hotel), Los Angeles, CA
Jacob Hashimoto was commissioned to create his first exterior public art work The Departure for the complete renovation of the Andaz West Hollywood. The multi-layered tapestry of 700 painted aluminum tiles strung on nautical cables and suspended in front of the hotel’s restaurant/lounge on the Sunset Strip ultimately functions as both a public and private art Installation.
Cover photograph of "The City of West Hollywood Urban Art 25th Anniversary Walking guide".
"Art Seen at the Andaz" Ongoing curatorial services for the lobby and RH restaurant have focused on changing exhibitions of talented artists based in Los Angeles.
“ART ON THE OUTSIDE”, West Hollywood, CA
2008 – 2010
Temporary Installation of six monumental Peter Shire painted steel sculptures installed on the Santa Monica Boulevard Median Strip served as a colorful transition to West Hollywood from Beverly Hills.
WILSHIRE/VERMONT URBAN TRANSIT VILLAGE, Los Angeles, CA
Located at the Gateway to a large public plaza and the MTA Station on the Red Line in midtown Los Angeles (Koreatown), April Greiman created a computer generated image of a rice bowl. This colorful 8,200 sf image spans the facades of two six-story buildings containing 449 apartments and street level retail.
WESTERN ASSET PLAZA, Pasadena, CA
Created within an extensive plaza of the five-story office/retail building above a three-story subterranean parking structure this Public Art project brought together two world renowned ceramic artists Jun Kaneko and Ralph Bacerra who were commissioned to lure the public from Colorado Boulevard and Los Robles into a lush courtyard of water and plants and which then continues to Plaza Las Fuentes and ultimately to Pasadena City Hall. A special niche was created for a monumental “Dango” by Kaneko across from the Pacific Asia Museum on Los Robles Avenue.
DEL MAR STATION, Pasadena, CA
"Kinetic Energy" 2003
Ries Niemi, artist
Located in the Downtown and Old Pasadena Redevelopment Area which includes the adaptive reuse of the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot plus housing units, subterranean parking and retail components, Washington based artist Ries Niemi designed 555’ of stainless steel fencing paralleling the railway of the Metro Gold Line which ultimately served as inspiration for the logo for the project. Paralleling the rail tracks, the metal fence panels serve as functional barriers while evoking the rich vocabulary of rail transportation imagery from the 19th and 20th centuries.
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER, Phase II, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
The expansion of California Science Center focuses on the earth’s ecosystems. Developed concepts as well as advised in the selection of artists in collaboration with the California Science Center and the joint venture architects to ultimately produce site specific art works for Phase II.
PAUL, HASTINGS, JANOFSKY & WALKER LLP, New York, NY
Commissioned New York artist Claudia Matzko to create a unique five-part sculpture for the lobby of the law firm’s renovated headquarters in Manhattan.
LOS ANGELES CENTER STUDIOS, Los Angeles, CA
1999 - 2003
Created and developed an innovative, ongoing community oriented Percent for Art Program for Los Angeles’ first privately-owned movie production facility.
Huge photo-enlargements of Oakland artist Mark Stock commissioned paintings were printed on vinyl banners and attached to two of the six sound stage facades. “The Slowest Moving Story Ever Told” can be seen from highrise buildings in downtown Los Angeles as the mystery unfolds over time.
Los Angeles Times Calendar January 2, 2000 “A Story, but No Writing, Is on the Wall”
Los Angeles Business Journal 2001
Downtown News 2000, 2001
Mark Stock Paintings 2000 pages 142-145
15th and MAPLE, Fashion District, Los Angeles, CA
2001 - 2002
Percent for Art Project for new men’s wear retail building located in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles.
An installation by Mythograph of figures based on mannequins draws reference to classical Greek and Roman statuary.
SEKISUI TA INDUSTRIES, Inc., Brea, CA
2000 - 2001
Percent for Art Project for new manufacturing facility which was responsive to Japanese ownership’s desires for distinguished sculpture in a dramatic landscape setting by Los Angeles artist Guy Dill.
LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS, Los Angeles, CA
2000 - 2001
Consultation with LAWA to develop a comprehensive and innovative Art Master Plan for Los Angeles International Airport.
LAX ENHANCEMENTS PROJECT, Los Angeles World Airports
2000 - 2006
Updated LED light system 2006, 30,000 color variations which extend over 3 hours
GATEWAY TO LA PBID (Century Boulevard Corridor), Los Angeles, CA
1998 - 2001
Executive Director, GATEWAY TO LA Inc.,
A non-profit organization of property owners and hotel managers who formed the Century Corridor PBID (Property-Based Business Improvement District) with the mandate “to economically and aesthetically revitalize the properties and businesses within the boundaries of the district and to create a meaningful and recognizable “Gateway” to the city of Los Angeles”.
The 4.4 million square foot PBID features 12.3 million square feet of improvements including a compilation of 13 hotels, office buildings, restaurants, parking facilities, services and small and large businesses serving the vicinity of the Los Angeles World Airport.
Merry Norris played a dynamic role as liaison with the GATEWAY LAX design team and later with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission in creating GATEWAY LAX – the spectacular point of entry landmark and immediately recognizable portal for Los Angeles.
ERNST & YOUNG, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
1998 - 1999
Created an unconventional contemporary art collection for the Los Angeles headquarters of Ernst & Young, LLP and the “Workplace of the Future”.
GONDA (GOLDSCHMIED) NEUROSCIENCE AND GENETICS RESEARCH CENTER, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Advised in the selection of artwork and commissioned an artist to enhance the exceptional research environment of an important building on the UCLA campus designed by Venturi Scott Brown and Associates.
BMC SOFTWARE, Houston, TX
1997 - 1998
Commissioned an artist to create a large comprehensive series of paintings entitled “Texas Landscape Series” and initiated a photography collection focusing on landscape for dramatic new corporate headquarters designed by DMJM/Keating and DMJM/Rottet.
LA Architect, November/December 2001
FUSION at PDC, PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER, West Hollywood, CA
Created the interior design scheme and art program in collaboration with RAW Architecture for the restaurant at PDC.
Interiors Magazine, December 1995
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION PROJECT, Los Angeles,CA
1987 - 1995
Six member committee had the responsibility for selecting artists who were then commissioned to work with the project’s architects to develop and complete major works of art integral to the fabric of the $500 million expansion of the Convention Center.
HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB, Universal City Walk, Universal City, CA
Commissioned an artist to create an enormous 16’ painting (diptych), coordinated graphics and outdoor signage and enhanced the interior and exterior spaces of the Hollywood Athletic Club at MCA Universal City Walk.
THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, West Hollywood, CA
Coordinated the exhibition in Los Angeles of a world traveling exhibition of 109 color photographs plus text panels entitled “The Japanese Contemporary Architecture” at the Pacific Design Center. Produced auxiliary events including seven film screenings, a lecture by Ms. Itsuko Hasegawa and a successful opening reception.
THE SPECTRUM GROUP, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
1990 - 1994
Formed an art collection for a private investment company which specializes in leveraged buyouts. Designed the entrance lobby and the private office for the Chairman of the Board.
McCUTCHEN, DOYLE, BROWN & ENERSEN, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
1992 - 1993
Selected an artist for a unique commission for the reception lobby of the law firm’s offices in Los Angeles.
Interiors Magazine, January 1994, cover story
Lauren Rottet: The Substance of Style, 2000, cover photograph
CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Cerritos, CA
Developed an art program and purchased artworks for this state of the art performing arts facility.
SALICK HEALTHCARE, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Worked with Morphosis Architects to select two artists and commissioned them to produce major art works for the lobby and executive offices of a redesigned office building which has garnered numerous design awards and citations.
HELLER, EHRMAN, WHITE & McAULIFFE, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
1989 – 1992
Conceptualized an art program and purchased art works to form a collection for the San Francisco based law firm’s offices in Los Angeles. Served as the law firm’s interior design liaison to GenslerAssociates/ Architects.
LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY REHABILITATION AND EXPANSION PROJECT, Los Angeles, CA
1988 - 1990
Seven member committee formulated the areas of artists’ involvement in the new wing of the Los Angeles Central Library and ultimately selected individual artists to be commissioned to execute the artwork.
AMERICAN GOLF CORPORATION, Santa Monica, CA
1986 - 1990
Art and aesthetic consultant for corporate headquarters in Santa Monica.
SUPER SHUTTLE INTERNATIONAL, Los Angeles, CA
Created, developed and finalized entire image for Rodeo Cab, a Taxi Systems, Inc. franchise.
CEDARS-SINAI COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER, Los Angeles, CA
1987 - 1988
Worked with Morphosis Architects as art consultant for this innovative medical facility. Commissioned California artists for unusual sites and purchased artwork appropriate for the entire hospital setting.
Progressive Architecture Magazine, July 1988, cover story.
COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles, CA
1981 - 1987
Served as the art consultant in initiating and building a collection of the works of downtown Los Angeles artists.
Catalog: “The Community Redevelopment Agency’s Downtown Art Collection”, 1984
WEINGART CENTER ASSOCIATION, Los Angeles, CA
1985 - 1994
Selected and installed custom framed fine art posters collected from local art museums for the multipurpose health and human services complex for the homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Pro bono.
L.A. TASK FORCE ON THE ARTS, Los Angeles, CA
1986 - 1988
Executive Committee members were charged with creating a new program to shape cultural policy and to generate up to $20 million annually for the arts in Los Angeles. Ordinance creating an Endowment for the Arts was passed by the Los Angeles City Council November 1988.
INSTITUTIONAL AND PUBLIC ART CONSULTATION PROJECTS
LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS
GATEWAY LAX ENHANCEMENTS PROJECT
GATEWAY TO L.A. - Century Corridor Property-Based Business Improvement District
WILSHIRE/VERMONT MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
WESTERN ASSET PLAZA, Pasadena
DEL MAR STATION TRANSIT VILLAGE, Pasadena
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER, Exposition Park
SEKISUI TA INDUSTRIES, INC., Brea, CA
15TH AND MAPLE, Fashion District, Los Angeles
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
LOS ANGELES CENTER STUDIOS
UCLA - The Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center
CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
The Rita and Taft Schreiber Division of Transfusion Medicine and Blood Donor Facility
HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB, Universal City Walk
CEDARS-SINAI COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER
CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY REHABILITATION AND EXPANSION PROJECT
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION PROJECT
COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES CRA/LA
WEINGART CENTER ASSOCIATION
L.A. TASK FORCE ON THE ARTS
CORPORATE ART CONSULTATION PROJECTS
PAUL HASTINGS JANOFSKY AND WALKER
ERNST & YOUNG, LOS ANGELES HEADQUARTERS
SOUTHWEST WATER COMPANY
ASTRO CANON, INC.
BMC SOFTWARE, Houston, Texas
FUSION AT PDC, Pacific Design Center
MCCUTCHEON, DOYLE, BROWN & ENERSEN LLP
THE SPECTRUM GROUP, INC.
HELLER, EHRMAN, WHITE & MCAULIFFE LLP
AMERICAN GOLF CORPORATION
SUPER SHUTTLE INTERNATIONAL
TEMPORARY ART INSTALLATIONS
ART ON THE OUTSIDE, Peter Shire, West Hollywood
STEELCASE SHOWROOM, Santa Monica
MIKIMOTO, Beverly Hills
A-Z POST PRODUCTION STUDIOS, Santa Monica
SELECTED PRESS NOTICES AND MEDIA EXPERIENCE
KCRW-FM “Which Way L.A.? Warren Olney, April 25, 2005
Natural History Museum, “Night Conversations”, April 1, 2005
Host and Moderator for a discussion among the curators and artists of the exhibition “Conversations”
alternating with poems and musical interventions.
Ed Moses, “Oral History of Los Angeles’ Legendary Artist” 2004 ongoing process
Los Angeles Times Calendar July 10, 2004 “Concrete Canvas”
Pasadena Star News August 6, 2004 “Monster Garage”
MOCA THE CONTEMPORARY “MOCA Turns 25 Spotlight Merry Norris” June - August 2004
House of Business, Cover Story, “Beyond the Home Office” November 2000
UCLA Hammer Museum, “A Conversation with Neil Denari, Director,
Southern California Institute of Architecture and developer Tom Gilmore focusing on downtown Los
Angeles”, moderated by Merry Norris October 12, 2000
Los Angeles Business Journal, “Effort to Improve Century Boulevard Gets Financial Lift”
September 11, 2000
Los Angeles Times Calendar, “A Story, But No Writing, Is on the Wall” January 2, 2000
“Homes Across America”, HG-TV, produced by Cinetel Productions 1998
(continues to be televised coast to coast)
Westside Urban Forum, Panel Member “Good Design Does Matter?!?!” July 24, 1998
WESTWEEK 98, Pacific Design Center, “Exterior Expressions” March 19, 1998 Member of panel
“examining the skillful blending of art, landscaping, water elements and graphic identification to make L.A.’s
enviable exterior environment even more livable”.
Los Angeles Times Magazine, “ Artful Lodger” July 30, 1995
Architecture, “Beyond Utility” February 1993
Los Angeles ACCESS, “Bests” 1993, “Best Bets” 1991
Angeles Magazine, “Artful Lodgings, Merry Norris’ Canyon Retreat” September 1990
Architecture California, “Cultural Affairs: The City of Los Angeles Reviews Itself, An Interview with Merry
Norris” by Barton Phelps, AIA Volume 12 Number 1, August 1990
KCRW-FM , National Public Radio “Merry Norris - The State of the Arts in Los Angeles.” January 2, 1989
Los Angeles Times, “Innovative Designs Can Enliven Even Those Difficult Buildings” January 2, 1989
Los Angeles Times, “Los Angeles in Search of Stylish Face” July 5, 1988
League of Women Voters Cablecast, “Citizen Commissions: Is This the Way to Run a City?” May 2, 1988
Los Angeles Times, “Panel Shows its Power in Library Fray” April 25, 1988
Los Angeles Times, “Beauty from the Bureaucracy” March 12, 1988