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New public art piece ‘Wildflowers’ at MOAH


Come and see ‘Superbloom!’

The City of Lancaster and Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) invite the public to the dedication of the City’s newest public art piece, “Superbloom!” The new installation was unveiled this week at the southwest corner of 10th Street West and Lancaster BLVD. The new public artwork is part of the City of Lancaster’s larger Art in Public Places plan, a policy designed to beautify and enrich Lancaster’s communal spaces.

“Superbloom!”, created by artist Joseph O’Connell, is a captivating public art piece that combines the vibrant colors of the wildflowers found in Lancaster's desert landscapes with the city's renowned aerospace industry. Inspired by the resilience, healing, and growth of both our natural environment and our own human population, this art installation celebrates the spectacle of wildflower blooms, known as 'superblooms,' that occasionally grace the region.

O’Connell is based in Tucson, Ariz. He founded his studio, Creative Machines, in 1995 to support his creative practice. A diverse team with backgrounds in art, engineering, architecture, and custom fabrication assists him in realizing his award-winning designs. O'Connell's site-specific sculptures have been commissioned all over the world.

The art piece features a collection of brilliant-colored disks, carefully arranged on sturdy aluminum stalks held together with bolts and rivets reminiscent of the aerospace industry. The varying heights of the disks symbolize not only the organic growth of wildflowers but also the continuous progress and development of the community. “Superbloom!” serves as a visual reminder of the coexistence between nature's beauty and human ingenuity, inviting viewers to reflect on what a superbloom in the human realm would look like.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, 665 W. Lancaster Blvd.,  is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting the appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region.

MOAH is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 8 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (661) 723-6250 or visit: