These eight benches and two chairs were commissioned for permanent installation along First Street, downtown Napa. I had previously acquired a cache material that had been decommissioned from the 1901 Goodman Library, also on First Street in Napa. Among this material were six hundred Victorian-style cast iron bookends that had been part of the original library bookshelf ‘kit’ from the turn of the century. Many of the Carnegie Libraries had this or similar bookshelf kits.
The bookends are now integrated into the bench backs. These beautiful, historical objects that resided in Napa for over one-hundred years have now been reconfigured and repurposed into unique benches, and returned to their original home.
Steel, Paint H: 9’ W: 12’ D: 3” 2013 San Francisco, California
Client: San Francisco Arts Commission
The two entry gates to the park were informed and inspired by the nearly four hundred extraordinary mystical, archetypalwood carvings. These unique sculptures were created from fallen trees within the park by caretaker Demitro Baracas.
The gates celebrate these unique sculptures through a composition that collages some of the most mysterious of the sculptures, creating an inviting and intriguing entry to the park.
In coordination with the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Parks and Recreation.
Stainless Steel, Steel, Paint Varying Dimensions 2012 Berkeley, California
Client: Elmwood Public Library through the Berkeley Arts Commission
Bookshelves is a play on the beauty, richness, and sculptural elements of the traditional bookshelves in the form of a functional railing.
Steel, Paint H: 8’ W: 13’ and H: 8’ W: 3.5’ 2011 Berkeley, California
Client: Affordable Housing Associates, Berkeley, California
Confluence welcomes and invites tenants and visitors with its swirling offset grid pattern. These entry gates were commissioned for a new housing development in Berkeley. The building is specifically designed and built for youth who need a new footing in life after moving on from the foster care system.
Confluence is designed to evoke, inspire and encourage the confluence of community within and without its parameters.
Tools of the Trade
Galvanized Steel, Paint H: 28” W: 140’ 2011 Stockton, California
Client: Stockton Arts Commission
The railings for the new Davis Road Bridge serve both as functional safety barriers and as a tribute to Stockton’s significant past as a major manufacturer of agricultural machinery.
Steel, Paint H: 4' W: 165' Brentwood, California
Client: Brentwood Arts Commission
Animal fence includes a variety of animal figures bordering the children’s playground at the new Brentwood Civic Center; also included in this project are a twenty-foot mural and a mosaic fountain.
Steel, Paint H: 6’ W: 30’ 2010 Santa Clarita, California
Client: Los Angeles Arts Commission for Firehouse #156
Also called Maps and Mapping: A Firefighter’s Lifeline. The composition for the gates is comprised of the collaged shapes of cul de sacs found in the surrounding neighborhood. Commissioned for Firehouse #156 in Santa Clarita, the gates create a visual and symbolic connection between the firehouse and the community.
School of Fish Railings
Steel, Patina H: 38” W: 16’ 2009 Stockton, California
Client: Stockton Arts Commission
These railings were made for the new Marina in downtown Stockton, CA. Another part of this project is several bike racks and decorative pillars for security cameras.
Steel, Paint H: 12’ W: 29’ 2007 Berkeley, California
Client: Berkeley Arts Commission
The entry gates for the Berkeley Corporation Yard contain many references to the rich and diverse history of Berkeley, with specific references to the long-ago displaced local railroad, agriculture, native plants and ethnic diversity and to the corporation yard as the crucial entity that keeps the city functioning, clean and livable. They also serve as the gateway to the landmark Ratcliff Buildings, the original structures on the site, built in 1916.
Mandala Gates is an excellent example of public art being a successful solution to an otherwise very challenging problem. After the two sets of gates were installed, some long-standing complaints by neighbors about the location of the corporation yard were resolved.
Client: Madison Arts Commission with the Goodman Swimming Pool
Ripple Effect emulates the flow of water through the use of forged, heat-bent steel.
Integrating three security gates and a sculptural centerpiece, Ripple Effect functions as the entryway to Madison's first public swimming pool, welcoming visitors through its reference to the flow and movement of water.
Client: Oakland Arts Commission for Bella Vista Park
This gate is made entirely of found metal objects that were collected in the East Bay. The children at Bella Vista Elementary School were involved in the design process. This piece includes several kinetic parts and two busts of figures from local history.
Steel, Patina Berkeley, California
Client: Shibumi Gallery
Steel, Patina H: 114” W: 60” 1995 San Francisco, California
Steel, Patina H: 4' W: 90' 2015 San Francisco, California
Client: San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Lennar, and CMG Architects
Installed in Hunter’s Point, San Francisco in reference to the historic crane in the Naval Shipyard’s past as a major naval port. The panels include silhouetted ship forms.
Steel, Paint H: 3.5' W: 72' 2016 Emeryville, California
Client: Hyatt Hotels through the Andrea Schwartz Gallery