EL SEGUNDO — A public art installation featuring an emaciated polar bear perched atop a shipping container will be on display for at least two weeks at El Segundo beach.

Called Anti-Ark, the installation is the work of German artist Michael Sistig, and aims to draw attention to the mythological phenomenon of the great flood and the issue of sustainability.

Sistig's work - which includes four shipping containers in all - will be installed Friday at the beach at the foot of Grand Avenue, near the new lifeguard station and restroom building. A crane will be used Friday morning to set the pieces into place.

A bare-footed siren wearing a blue dress will be perched atop one of the other containers. The idea is that the woman - who will be outfitted with a speaker playing amplified music - may have lured the skinny bear's vessel too close to the shore.

The installation is based on three Sistig paintings, and is also meant to address questions about material and technological innovations and relationships between humans and animals.

Sistig is the artist in residence at the new El Segundo Museum of Art on Main Street, founded by Manhattan Beach residents Eva and Brian Sweeney.

- Kristin S. Agostoni