Project LifeguART pieces to become part of “pop-up art park”

Posted at 4:05 PM, Sep 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-01 20:31:05-04

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - As summer winds down at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, more and more lifeguard stands and storage boxes are becoming a part of "Project LifeguART."

As of Labor Day, of the 77 stands or boxes along the 3-mile stretch of resort beach, 13 have been transformed into public works of art.

"It’s as much fun art as it is fine right. Right behind me is a perfect example of what once just a plain white box is now a retro VW bus," Project LifeguART founder Bobby Levin told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Monday.

Each piece is painted by an artist through sponsorships and Levin hopes more sponsors will come on-board.

Later this month, the painted stands and boxes will be moved to a parcel of land at 19th Street and Parks Avenue next to the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

It will create the first pop-up art park in Virginia Beach.

"At the end of the tourist season, instead of taking the lovely artwork and putting it in some remote storage facility, we should create a pop-up art park," Levin explained.

The pop-up art park will be in place from mid-September to mid-May before the pieces are returned to the beach for the next season.


Virginia Beach lifeguard stands to become public art