Drive By Tribute to Paleteros: Art Installations at Standley and Gardens Parks to begin Tuesday, June 21


From Department of Arts and Culture: The art installation Tribute to Paleteros at Standley Park (3585 Governor Drive) and at Gardens Park (4850 Governor Drive) is expected to begin Tuesday, June 21, and be completed by Friday, June 24. Once completed, the project will be on view from June 24 to November 20, 2022.

In his project, Tribute to Paleteros, artist Roberto Salas celebrates paleteros through a series of colorful  sculptures inspired by paletas, the Mexican frozen treat. Salas reveres the paleteros as vendor-heroes with desirable treats because they create everlasting memories for generations of park-goers in the instance of Park Social.

As vehicles pass the sculptures at night, their headlights illuminate these roadside attractions. The drivers and passengers alike are the participants as their cars project lights that glow and animate the pieces.

Those walking by during the day experience a new art venue, a new museum, a new gallery where anyone passing by can become part of the experience. From this, the artist Robert Salas, hopes that community members will become unofficial docents of this new museum, sharing their enthusiasm for the work.

Meet the artist Roberto Salas on Saturday, July 16, during Park Social Exploration Day at Standley Park from noon to 3 PM. On July 16, park-goers can explore art and parks during the free roving public Park Social Exploration Day. Meet many Park Social artists and experience pop-up events and installations in the following City parks: Balboa Park (Plaza de Panama), John P. Baca Park, Kate Sessions Park, Kellogg Park, Mira Mesa Community Park, North Park Community Park, Plumosa Park, Rolling Hills Park, San Ysidro Community Park, and Standley Park.

Park Social, initiated by the City of San Diego, is the first citywide social-specific public art initiative and the only initiative of its kind in San Diego. Featuring eighteen projects by San Diego area artists and collectives, Park Social utilizes over twenty-eight parks and presents newly commissioned works that connect the park-goer and the park directly, providing a range of unique experiences and events. Park Social uses the park system as a platform to strengthen social connections and bolster a dynamic artistic landscape across the city.

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