Cue the Plaza!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts sets an opening celebration for a new public plaza

 

Written by Beth Fhaner

The dazzling, new fountain—with shimmering arches of water—marks the entrance to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Photo courtesy of Michael Maltzan

The dazzling, new fountain—with shimmering arches of water—marks the entrance to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Photo courtesy of Michael Maltzan

Arts enthusiasts who have visited Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the last several months have most likely noticed a major transformation on its 14-acre cultural campus underway. The Center’s much-anticipated plaza, which has been in the planning stages for five years and under construction since January, now has an official opening date of Saturday, October 28. The Grand Opening Celebration of the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is set to launch with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m., followed by free performances, concerts, events and tours of the theaters. 

The renovated 54,750-square-foot space offers much for patrons to explore, including an outdoor cafe, two green zones, a stage for complimentary year-round performances, a circular grand staircase leading from the plaza to the mezzanine level of Segerstrom Hall, and a new entrance to the Judy Morr Theater. Additionally, the space will include shaded seating and picnic areas with Wi-Fi, plus an observation deck atop the full-service cafe. A 24-foot-high-fountain will occupy the center of the traffic circle in front of Segerstrom Hall and will serve as a welcoming centerpiece to visitors. Designed by Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan, the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is a stunning addition to the dynamic arts campus, which also includes the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site dedicated to the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art. SCFTA.org

 

A rendering of the new public plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Michael Maltzan

A rendering of the new public plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Michael Maltzan