Public Art


Flutter and Hum

Mark Rivera

This beautiful, custom-made, ceramic mosaic sculpture is the focal point of the Rose and Flower Garden.  The sculpture was designed to support garden educational goals and uses hand-sculpted tiles to depict native hummingbirds and butterflies visiting garden plants. 


South Kiosk

Briggs and Co.

This kiosk is one of a pair that are both utilitarian and whimsical.   The front of the kiosk has an information window and the back features a lovely metal silhouette that depicts birds and butterflies in the Rose and Flower garden.  The kiosk is made of steel and has a natural rust finish.


Twining Rose Arbors

Amanda Larson and Kerry Daane Loux

These custom-fabricated steel arbors feature a cut steel pattern on the side panels with a twining rose design. The three arbors define the south entries to the garden and support the growth of roses and vines in the Rose and Flower Garden. The arbors were dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the garden in 2017.


Cnawan Stone

Sandra Shannonhouse

This sculpture features a large basalt column engraved with petroglyphs atop which resides a circle of bronze dancing women.  The word "cnawan" is an Old English word that means "to know".  According to Shannonhouse, "the images on the stone reference transformation myths."


Rick's Spot

Jane & Robert Edberg, Bill Melton, and Barry Kulmann

This fanciful bench is made from bronze, wood, and iron and is dedicated to the memory of Richard Blanchard.  The form of the bench mimics a wheelchair.  The bronze plaque at the base of the bench features a facial profile of Rick and depictions of a chili pepper and a musical note.


Mediation

Donna Billick

This terrazzo sculpture is dedicated to Thomas H. Frankel, a mediator for Yolo County, for his many years of service. It depicts a pair of hands in a protective form, suggesting conflict resolution.  On the other hand, another interpretation could be that of a gardener (with a green thumb!) protecting and nurturing the plants under their care.


Celestial Sundial 

Angela Ridgway

This beautiful sundial, located in the Meadow, is made from welded metal and features a night and day theme.  It has a tilted face, unlike typical sundials where the face is parallel to the ground.  The time has been set to Pacific Standard Time, which means that during Pacific Daylight Time, the shadow will be an hour ahead. 


North Kiosk

Briggs and Co.

Just as functional and delightful as the South Kiosk, the front of this kiosk also has an information window and a brochure holder. The back of the kiosk features a different metal silhouette that depicts sunflowers and vegetables in the Vegetable garden. This kiosk is also made of steel and has a natural rust finish.


Bellapede

Faducci

This playful monarch caterpillar with many shoes is called Bellapede, which comes from the French "belle à pied", or "beauty on foot", and this name was chosen through a naming contest.  The artistic duo of Faducci created the piece out of sculpted, colored cement and it is meant to be a climbable, interactive installation.  It features seven
different pairs of shoes and socks as well as the signature "Faducci lips".

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