Del Mar Plaza debuts significant new public art installations and two major contemporary art pieces

Contact: Ann Berchtold, APT101

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~ Over the next several months Del Mar Plaza will feature works by both local and celebrated international artists ~

DEL MAR, (May 14, 2019) –  Several new site-specific artworks and two permanent works will be unveiled to the public over the next few months beginning an ongoing collaborative partnership between Del Mar Plaza and regional artists and art institutions.

The first piece was installed on May 9th and features the work of two artists Celeste Byers and Jon Pucci.  In February of this year, Del Mar Plaza owners sent a request for proposals to local artists to seek submissions for a site-specific piece.  Celeste and Jon’s work “Sunset” was commissioned as the winning proposal.

To pay homage to the colors of summer in Southern California, Celeste and Jon created a work called “Sunset” that will emphasize movement through pre-existing architecture using color and light and creating an illusion of color mixing and play. The visitor can experience the piece from different perspectives.

“When Celeste and I first discussed the idea of an installation at Del Mar Plaza we had no idea where to start. While walking the site we discovered this lofty, narrow pathway that acted as a sort of visual bridge, connecting guests from the entrance at 15th street to the main courtyard and views of the ocean beyond,” stated Jon. “We determined that we could utilize this unique architectural feature to accentuate the space by bringing the colors of a San Diego sunset into the long walkway. By draping colored fabric that would increase in length from one end to the other, the piece would entice visitors to walk the length of the hall and explore the installation as well as the plaza itself. We chose to use a stiff mesh fabric as it would allow air and light to travel freely throughout the piece as well as visually create a blending of color as you see the next layer through the one before it.”

Jon Pucci is a San Diego based artist and received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has spent the past ten years working as a painter, muralist, installation artist, and designer. He has created public works throughout the US., Mexico, and Russia. Celeste is an artist and native San Diegan specializing in large-scale site-specific murals and installations. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design and has been working internationally as a freelance muralist, illustrator, and installation artist.

“Del Mar Plaza is a rich and vibrant place, with a setting like no other. We are thrilled to be working with local artists and art institutions to enliven the public areas further and provide the community more reasons to visit,” stated Marc and Patty Brutten, Del Mar Plaza owners.

In the next several weeks two dynamic murals will also be unveiled in Del Mar Plaza. The first mural is by the artist team KREASHUN – two artists with distinctly different styles who work together in a collaborative process. The second mural is a creation of Kelsey Montague – a celebrated muralist who was recently commissioned by Taylor Swift to create a mural to launch her newest song “ME!”.

Also, two celebrated international artists Tony Cragg and Barry Flanagan will soon have works to view at Del Mar Plaza. Cragg and Flanagan are both considered New British sculpture which is a name that applies to the work of young British Sculptors in the 1980s who, in reaction to minimal and conceptual art, adopted a more traditional approach to materials, techniques, and imagery. You can find their works in several major museums and significant collections around the world.

Featured events

  • May 13th – View “Sunset” by Celeste Byers and Jon Pucci | Plaza
  • May 20th – View Final Mural by Kreashun | Canyon Terrace
  • June 5th – 7th – View Mural Painting by Kelsey Montague | Plaza
  • June 10th – View Final Mural by Kelsey Montague | Plaza

For further information about exciting events happening at Del Mar Plaza, please visit our event calendar.


Located in the beautiful coastal village of Del Mar, California, Del Mar Plaza is an open-air shopping and entertainment destination. Featuring a mix of unique retailers, ocean-view restaurants, and top of the line services, Del Mar Plaza draws locals and tourists from all over the country and the world. With ironwork and tiled fountains, cobblestone laid pathways, and ocean views, Del Mar Plaza features an atmosphere reminiscent of a European marketplace. For more information, visit

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