Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa and other local cyclists will commemorate the life of cycling advocate Bill Bliss at 10:30 a.m. Friday (April 22) at the official dedication of the sculpture created in his memory along the San Francisco Bay Trail.
The stainless-steel cycling sculpture was created by artist James Moore and installed in the Palo Alto Baylands in January, Public Art Commission liaison Elise DeMarzo stated in a press release.
Independently funded, the sculpture was requested by the art commission after it was approached by members of the Bliss family and representatives of the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Bliss, who died in 2005, advocated for the scenic, 500-mile bike trail that is planned to encircle the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. So far, 310 miles of the route have been completed.
"I decided to sculpt a cyclist with one foot planted firmly on the ground while gazing at the sunrise to convey hope for the future combined with dedicated action in the present," said Moore, whose piece sits along the trail off of East Bayshore Road, between Embarcadero and San Antonio roads.
"I believe Mr. Bliss personified this wholeheartedly during his life," Moore said.
The dedication ceremony will be attended by representatives of the Bliss family, the San Francisco Bay Trail and the Palo Alto Public Art Commission, and the general public is invited.
Espinosa will bike to the event, with other attendees invited to do the same. In honor of Earth Day, the city is encouraging cyclists to use reusable water bottles.