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Mimi Cahalan's "Good Long Look"

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In 2008, Mimi Cahalan, a Santa Cruz, California-based artist, was commissioned to create a piece of art to line the outdoor entranceway to the Lido Apartments in Santa Monica, California. After months of design and fabrication work in her garage-cum-studio, the piece, titled "Good Long Look," was installed and unveiled to the public earlier this year.

To view the process of how this painted metal piece came to be, click "View Slideshow" in the upper right of this page.

Just like an architect designs his floor plans to guide visitors through doors and walkways to curated views, Santa…
Creating an outdoor sculpture, not to mention one over 120 square feet in size, was a first for Cahalan, whose previous…
Here, the primer-painted aluminum pieces lie out to dry in Cahalan’s studio, a 20-feet-by-23-feet converted two-car…
Cahalan’s design for “Good Long Look” is purely abstract. “It doesn’t represent anything in particular—even though…
Though she didn’t cut the aluminum , Cahalan constructed the rest of the sculpture herself, including the wood frame…
Cahalan glued the aluminum pieces to four panels of four-foot-by-eight-foot marine plywood and framed each one with…
Nails are an important element of Cahalan’s work. “They add a textural quality and they create a punched-in look so…
For her indoor wall art, Cahalan usually affixes the aluminum pieces to the framing with small nails and the use of…
Due to the small size of Cahalan’s studio and the large size of the commissioned piece, the mural existed only in…
At home, Cahalan refers to the piece as “Gargantua,” which at 32 feet in length and four feet in height is a…
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