Dream Big

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

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“Dream Big,” on the lawn of City Hall, is a nine-foot tall, 400-pound watchdog statue with a fiberglass foam base and is made up of thousands of pieces of broken mirrors, Italian smalti tiles and various stones. It is part of artist Elizabeth Laul Healey’s “Watchdog” series and was dedicated on Thursday, March 7. Healey is pictured here with her sculpture.

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It has long been Healey’s dream to showcase her work in her hometown (she is now based in North Carolina). Healey hopes the sculpture inspires people to pause and reflect on their own lofty ambitions and go after them in intentional ways.

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(L-R) Artist and LOCA Marketing Manager Mike Tauber, Mayor Sue Kempf and Artist Elizabeth Healey pose next to “Dream Big”

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Healey explained the circles to the crowd. “When my daughter was born in 2003, my mom was simultaneously dying of cancer. All I could think about was the circle of life. It was both the happiest and saddest time. I did a whole series of paintings that sold across Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego called ‘Circle of Life.’”

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Members of the Arts Commission and Cultural Arts Director Siân Poeschl (in green) with Healey. “Dream Big” is the first of three temporary public art installations planned for outside City Hall in 2024.

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A gathering of LBHS friends helped Healey celebrate the installation. At a recent LBHS reunion, Healey connected with an old friend who encouraged her to submit to the City Arts Commission. She began her project in 2023.

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Healey conceived of her “Watchdog” series while doing a show at [seven-degrees]. The series is now made up of more than 300 dogs. The city plans a pop-up dog training class in early April. Meanwhile, they invite all dog lovers to share photos of their pups with the installation using the hashtag #DreamBigLaguna.

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A joyous occasion. Special thanks to the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach for funding this installation.


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