Residents can give input on proposed art donation


The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project has submitted a proposal to fund, create, install and maintain a substantial glass mosaic artwork on the new Marine Safety Center at Moonlight Beach. Construction on the safety center is slated to begin in October with completion in time for Memorial Day 2017.

With the Encinitas City Council scheduled to consider the proposed donation at its Sept. 28 meeting at 6 p.m., residents are invited to give public comment about the artwork design and the proposed location. The artwork would depict ocean life in Encinitas and encompass an entire north-west facing concrete wall of the Marine Safety Center.

Comment cards, along with a color rendering of the design and samples of the glass mosaic, are available at the Encinitas Library and City Hall through Sept. 24. The results of the public survey will be part a report provided to the City Council.

“The use of art such as this is a profound way of educating the community on the fragility and beauty of our local ecosystems while adding value to Moonlight Beach and the community,” said Bob Nichols, president and founder of Surfing Madonna Oceans Project.

For more information, please contact Encinitas Arts Administrator Jim Gilliam at 760-633-2746 or