Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Feel a Part of Sacramento’s History

Have you seen the new art at Fremont Park (corner of 16th & Q)? Begging to be touched, these textural concrete sculptures represent the diverse culture and history of Sacramento and the park’s namesake, John C. Fremont.

The two vessels roughly measure 8 feet in height and are visually stunning due to Taylor’s bold use of color and high relief scenes (a technical art form that uses stamping, molding or carving to combine two-dimensional or three-dimensional qualities). She hopes the public interacts with the pieces and will learn more about the history that inspired her work.

Taylor’s love for history inspired her to research not only into John C. Fremont’s background but also into Sacramento’s history. For several years, Taylor has been saving 100-year-old recycled pottery shards found in an archeology dig from 9th and J Streets. She has been waiting for the right project to incorporate them into and the history of Fremont Park seemed to be the perfect fit. Her goal was to replicate the story of Sacramento’s past through the images she has created and through incorporating actual pieces from the dig. Taylor has appliqu├ęd the shards along with antique seashells from the Sacramento area to give the vessels texture. She has also created several pop outs (of fruit, cars, a silo, among other things) to add a three-dimensional look and feel.

Taylor is a Sacramento native who has a degree in history and a Masters in sculpture. She considers herself a visual historian, using her education and her passion for creating art to bring the past and the present together. Although Taylor has created masterpieces in many cities, she moved back to Sacramento in 1984 and she has been creating local art ever since. Over the past year, Taylor has been working on two publicly funded sculptural installations, including the Fremont Park vessels.

The City of Sacramento, The Friends of Fremont Park, and CADA encourage residents and visitors of Sacramento to come experience the new art pieces in Fremont Park. Come physically feel a part of California’s history.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Because Squirrels Need Housing too!

If you’ve ever walked around the Capitol Park Neighborhood then you’ve likely met our friendly neighborhood squirrels. At CADA, we strive to ensure that Capitol Park Neighborhood is a neighborhood for all, including our friends the squirrels, and that it is environmentally, socially and fiscally sustainable. In honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2011) and Arbor Day (April 29, 2011), CADA encourages everyone to plant a tree or support a tree-planting organization

Here’s a list of organizations that love to plant trees:

Sacramento Tree Foundation
The Sacramento Tree Foundation's mission is to grow healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by empowering people to plant, protect, and learn about trees. We are leading the effort to plant 5 million trees in our region.
With your help, we can do it.

Arbor Day Foundation
They inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

Eco-Libris enables people to do something reasonable, affordable yet with an impact: plant one tree for every book they read. They believe that taking responsibility for the environmental costs of the books we read is only natural.

Friends of the Urban Forest
Friends of the Urban Forest is a nonprofit committed to the belief that tree are a critical element of a livable urban environment.

International Society of Arboriculture
Through research, technology, and education, the mission of the ISA is to promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater public awareness of the benefits of trees.

Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide each year.