Cerritos mall to get giant sculpture of shopping bag







The Cerritos City Council on Thursday approved plans for a massive, stainless steel shopping bag that will adorn the main entrance of Los Cerritos Center mall at Gridley Road and South Street.

The sculpture will be 20 feet high, 16 feet wide and 9 feet deep, and will glow with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that project a range of colors.

Officials said the bag is expected to be completed by next May, just in time for the unveiling of a newly-renovated Nordstrom and 36,500 square feet of new shops and restaurants – all part of a $95 million mall expansion project.

Macerich Co., which owns the mall, is paying the $450,000 price tag for the sculpture, said Cerritos spokeswoman Annie Hylton. In its agreement with the city, the company was required to contribute less than 1 percent of the total construction costs to the Art in Public Places Program, she said.

Senior project manager Ken Kraus said Macerich chose New York-based artist Brian Tolle because his work resonated with the company’s desire to represent the mall and the community it serves.

“Brian Tolle’s artistic talent coupled with his passion for history and context made him the ideal choice for our project,” Kraus said.

Tolle, an award-winning artist and graduate of Yale University School of Art, also has public sculptures in Battery Park and City Hall in New York City, and the University of Washington in Seattle.