Cliff Garten is the artiest behind the Sentient Beings at the corner of the Art Institute of California, 5250 Lankershim Blvd.
It was made at a cost of $348,467 and created out of stainless steel, programmable LED lights and Lithocrete.
Art USA describes it as:
The Sentient Beings are a playful grouping of forms placed at the entry to the Art Institute of California, Hollywood. This jewel marks the final phase of the NoHo Commons mixed-use complex in the Arts District. The artwork consists of eight slender forms arranged in an intimate fifteen foot circle spaced to allow people to walk between and interact with them. The harmonious curves allude to the human body, yet the tallest figure soars to eighteen feet. While appearing delicate and transparent, the sculptures are constructed of forty eight, electro- polished stainless steel rods, providing a brilliant luster in the daylight. The sculptures are brought to life with programmable, energy efficient LED lights portraying a full spectrum of color. From a distance the pieces are lit in a uniform glow; up close the rods recede into the night. A complimentary palette of drought tolerant plants surround the artwork further minimizing maintenance.