This public installation was created by myself and ceramic artist- Sam Tubiolo. The intent of this work was to design an environment that would be inviting as well as complementary to the front of the new Music and Theater building at American River College.
Sam’s ceramic tiles were inspired by the flow of rivers and waves. I wanted to illustrate conceptually the staccato and allegro of music and the movement of performance art. This installation took several years from conception to completion. Some of the sectional pieces were larger than I could maneuver in my studio alone. I was fortunate to be able to acquire and install a ceiling winch from a neighboring warehouse scheduled for demolition. Working large scale in bronze was a new experience for me. I had to build a temperature controlled forge for the project because bronze is sensitive to overheating and will literally just crumble if overheated.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of American River College 1955-2005.
Complete Installation approx. 35' circle, height varies 3'-12'.
Growth is an emergence; the gradual beginning or coming forth. The spiral is a universal symbol of growth, something that every student achieves at ARC and that the college constantly seeks for its academic environment. These steel augers were "harvested" from Sacramento's 110-year old Globe Mill Grain silo, where they were used to transport and process the crops harvested from the farms in this region.