Two new public-art installations can now be spotted around town: sustainable seating and a large bronze sculpture depicting birds in flight.
Colorful benches made from recycled propane tanks, on loan from East Bay artist Colin Selig, were installed at the corners of Emerson, Bryant, and Waverley Streets at University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto last week. The eco-friendly seats will be in town for a year, according a press release from The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program.
"The Public Art Program is thrilled to bring Selig's whimsical and environmentally sensitive seating elements to downtown Palo Alto for a trial run. The public has voiced a desire for something unexpected and different, and we hope that the businesses and the public will enjoy Selig's work," Public Art Program Manager Elise DeMarzo said in the release.
The Public Art Program is working in tandem with the Department of Public Works and the Downtown Business and Professional Improvement Association for the "creative-seating pilot" program, the release states.
Fair Oaks, California, artist Don Leek's 20-foot bronze-and-stone sculpture, "Flight of Eagles," featuring three soaring eagles with 5-foot wingspans, will be unveiled on Saturday, May 14, at the Birch Plaza Building on the corner of Sheridan and Birch Streets. The public is invited to meet the artist from 1-4 p.m.
The sculpture is a collaboration between Leek and fellow artist Howard Wheatley Allen, whose renowned bronze-bird collection was Leek's inspiration. According to a press release, the sculpture symbolizes "mankind's reborn dreams of becoming one loving and forgiving world family, flying out of the darkness into the light."