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Public Art

Fish out of water: student-created art enlivens Arboretum sidewalk

The Aggie Public Arts Committee, funded mostly by the Nelson Gallery and in part by ASUCD, commissioned a mural on the sidewalk near the Nelson Gallery, along Arboretum Drive. Conceptually, the mural is based on reimagined landscapes and wildlife, using 3-D illusions of space with an element of fantasy. Next time you are in the Arboretum, we hope you’ll stop by to see it, but don’t get too attached to this design; according to Crystal Han, committee chairwoman, new artistic elements will be added before the fall 2015 school year.

YOU ARE INVITED: Community-created mural dedication

Join the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and the City of Davis for the dedication of the community-created mural brightening the walls of the bike tunnel joining a newly-restored section of the Putah Creek Parkway with a newly-constructed portion of the UC Davis Arboretum. For the last six weeks, thanks to a grant from PG&E obtained by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, Caryl Yasko, Community Built Association member and nationally-recognized muralist, collaborated with Davis community members to design and paint this passageway.

Students design sustainable birdhouses

As the result of a collaboration between the UC Davis Arboretum  and Public Garden and the UC Davis Department of Design, the arboretum and other parts of the Davis campus will become student galleries for Ann Savageau’s “Sustainable Design” class.

Shovel Gateway sculpture opens!

It’s open! On Sunday, October 27, 2013 community members, donors and stakeholders from the campus and city gathered to dedicate the “Shovel Gateway”—a sculpture created from over 400 community-donated shovels.

Why used shovels?

Throughout the month of October, artist Chris Fennell will be creating a sculpture from community-donated shovels—but why shovels? The idea for creating a vine-inspired gateway germinated in Fennell’s mind years ago; the delay in seeing his vision realized was the result of not having found the perfect location. It wasn’t until he read about the Davis Civic Arts Commission’s request for proposal for the development of a gateway landmark between the City of Davis and the UC Davis Arboretum that he knew his search was over—he just had to convince the selection committee. His sell, as it turns out, was easy.