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Did you notice that this summer the MCASD switched the sculptures at the Westfield UTC Mall? We are continuing this 6-year partnership to bring art and art-making experiences for families across La Jolla and all of San Diego to enjoy. Westfield UTC and MCASD is excited to bring you Family ArtLAB: Take-Home Edition inviting everyone to create a work of art inspired by the three sculptures on view.

Sculptures by Beverly Pepper on view at Westfield UTC Mall.
Beverly Pepper, Severio Column, 1978
Beverly Pepper
Severio Column, 1978
forged and cast iron
96 1/4 x 10 x 7 in. (244.5 x 25.4 x 17.8 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum purchase, 1983.20
Photo by Pablo Mason
Beverly Pepper, The First Amphitheater, 1965
Beverly Pepper
The First Amphitheater, 1965
22 1/2 x 33 x 27 in. (57.2 x 83.8 x 68.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Gift of Elizabeth and Mason Phelps, 2013.193
Photo by Pablo Mason
Beverly Pepper, Zeus Triad, 1997-1999
Beverly Pepper
Zeus Triad, 1997-1999
104 x 52 x 28 in. (264.2 x 132.1 x 71.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Gift of Elizabeth and Mason Phelps, 2013.176
Photo by Pablo Mason
This season, in celebration of female artists and in conjunction with the Feminist Art Coalition (FAC) we are proud to feature the work of sculptor Beverly Pepper (American, 1922-2020). Known for her grandiose outdoor sculptures, site-specific works, and land art, this renowned artist is known for her innovative use of materials:  shaping iron, steel, earth, stone, and bronze, she created monumental sculptures informed by Modernism, Cubism, Minimalism, and ancient history. As Pepper's creations transform the surrounding environment, her sculptures rise elegantly from the earth, affecting the viewer’s perception.
While families were able to reserve a unique ArtLAB Kit as part of a special Grab-and-Go Family ArtLAB event at Westfield UTC on August 29th, anyone can still create their own sculptures with the following instructions and pattern.
Look for the Family ArtLAB art-making tutorial on our Instagram Stories and on our YouTube channel.
This program was made possible by Westfield UTC and Advanced Reprographics. The program is free and recommended for families with children ages five and older.
Header photo by Mario Mesquita, Education Manager.
Half assembled cardboard sculpture sit on a table with a glue stick on the side.
Tags: ArtLab


Inspired by the temple ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia in 1960, surviving beneath the jungle growth, and she turned to sculpture. Initially, she used tree trunks to make her sculptures, soon after, she experimented with a torch to cut one-inch thick pieces of stainless steel. Growing from there, her sculptures evolved into highly polished stainless with painted interiors. From the beginning of her sculptural career, she created her works to display them outdoors--as they are here in the mall.
Are you ready to create your sculptures inspired by Beverly Pepper’s Severio Column, 1978, and The First Amphitheater, 1965? As Pepper used sheets of stainless steel, you
will use thin cardboard to create a unique work of art. Download the instructions here and watch it on Youtube.


Download the template for Beverly Pepper Sculpture Family ArtLAB here. Use a glue stick to adhere it to thin peices of cardboard. Let it dry completely before you begin to cut the shapes out.

When you are done, remember to tag us and show us your creations!
@mcasandiego #FamilyArtLAB

Check out future ArtLab tutorials on our Instagram Stories!

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