02/03/2012 06:07 pm ET Updated Apr 04, 2012

What Happens When Public Art Falls Apart? - Los Angeles Art - Public Spectacle

It's been over 20 years since artist Tony DeLap built one of the first public artworks in Santa Monica. The Big Wave, an arching sculpture greeting visitors to the city's gateway on Wilshire Boulevard, had suffered greatly in its first two decades from rust and deterioration. Last year, restoration work was completed that not only repaired the corrosive effects of the sea air but also added a new LED lighting system.