The Sculpture Park at City Hall
The Sculpture Park at City Hall provides a perfect setting for exercise, relaxation and art appreciation. The 2.5 acre park features a collection of both permanent and touring works of art, showcasing a variety of artistic styles and visions. Two manicured gardens - the Bellaflora Gallery and the California Gallery -- offer excellent venues for public ceremonies and special events. The paved concrete walkways winding through the park add an additional 1/3 mile of multi-purpose trail to the network that currently exists around the perimeter of the Civic Center campus, and will link to the City's Sacramento River Trail. Along with the impressive stone and metal sculptures and Mosaiculture pieces situated about the grounds, the park features 135 shade trees, benches, picnic tables, and drinking fountain making The Sculpture Park at City Hall a very attractive and comfortable place to visit. The City of Redding believes that public art needs to be a part of its community culture and sees The Sculpture Park at City Hall as another important step toward making Redding a great place to live.
Spirit of America
Internationally renowned sculptor Yongjin Han's largest permanent exhibit is the twelve sculptures in The Sculpture Park at City Hall. The artist's major piece, entitled Spirit of America, which serves as the park's cornerstone, stands 12 feet tall and weighs over 150,000 pounds. Mr. Han's minimalist style conveys a "unique version of nature which is silent and powerful." He "seeks peace-of-mind in stone", which to him represents the flow of time. His artwork is on display throughout the world, including a major collection in Denmark.
The larger-than-life-sized bronze sculpture Catch And Release On The SacramentoRiver was installed at The Sculpture Park at City Hall on July 1, 2006. Affectionately known as the Fly Fisherman, this work represents the area's connection to nature and the integral part the Sacramento River plays in our community. This beautifully-detailed piece stands approximately 18 feet high from the base of the fisherman to the uppermost part of his raised casting rod. The acquisition of this unique sculpture was made possible through the efforts of local art representative Leah Haws and Johnson & Sons Fine Arts. Johnson & Sons is a family of artists who have been creating bronze monuments for nearly three generations, and their works appear all over the United States. Everyone involved in this project feels the Fly Fisherman will become a lasting tribut to the community and is one of the favorite works appearing in The Sculpture Park at City Hall.
Freedom and Friendship in Flight
The art of Mosaiculture combines three-dimensional steel sculptures with horticulture to create imaginative and living pieces. The Canadian goose and two in-flight mallard duck sculptures Freedom and Friendship in Flight were originally created for Montreal's world-famous Mosaiculture International Festival in 2002. Originally on loan from the Mosaiculture International Committee, these pieces were purchased by the City of Redding for permanent exhibit in the Fall of 2007. Three woodland creatures: a butterfly, dragonfly and caterpillar were created by two local Redding artists, John Martin Streeby and Norman Libby. The woodland creatures are on loan to the City from Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
Mosaic Sanctuary by Redding mixed-media artist Colleen Barry is a unique tribute to retired City Manager Mike Warren. This mosaic bench and carpet are designed to provide a vantage point for rest and contemplation. This privately funded work is adorned with tile and includes numerous inlayed elements which portray a sea-to-sky theme. Mosaic Sanctuary was installed next to the California Galley in Fall, 2006.
The Tree Fish
The Sculpture Park at City Hall was designed with four pads to house 'temporary' sculpture. The current exhibit was installed in October, 2007. If you are interested in receiving notification when the next Call to Artists is announced, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Utilizing found wood, artist Chris Fennell collaborates with others to design unique, site-specific works of art on a large scale. The Tree Fish (aka Big Mouth Bass) was designed from trees culled by the Redding Power Company. The wood was then chainsawed into slabs for gills, stairs and fins. With his background in construction, bachelor in mechanical engineering and Masters in Fine Art, Chris is well-suited to building this type of art. He worked artistically in the mediums of painting, drawing, pottery and stone carving before discovering his desire to work with wood - it stands for something living, is easy to work with and has a story to tell. Chris can be contacted at: www.cfennell.org
California-born artist David Mudgett was first introduced to metal through his grandfather, who later helped him land a job as a pipefitter. The ease at which large pieces of metal could be formed into limitless objects fascinated him, and the metal soon became an affliction. Encouraged by his peers, David applied his gift for metalwork to sculpture, and upon completion of his first piece it became clear he had found the creative freedom that he was looking for.
David's two pieces, Gather and Flyfish, are available for purchase. Please contact him directly at: www.davidmudgett.com