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ARTS RWC: BOB visiting City Council

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BOB to visit City Council

Everyone’s favorite, BOB, who has been merrily nesting in the Gallery Annex window, celebrating the seasonal changes, will be making his City Council debut on Monday, at 7 pm.  He is eagerly awaiting approval from the Council to be installed permanently in his final nesting place.  Of course, it is a BIG secret where that nest will be…

B.O.B. is the first of six bird sculptures to be commissioned and installed along Broadway Street in downtown Redwood City along with a plaque that challenges viewers to find all of the birds. The permanent, interactive public art sculpture project entitled, “Birds on Broadway”, is funded by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and produced by Peninsula Arts Council.

Artist Joe Pogan of Portland, Oregon created B.O.B. using a variety of found metals including spoons, nails, buttons, screws and other scrap metal. Found materials add uniqueness and charm and lend an eco-friendly characteristic to the sculpture.

Why BOB?  Why now?  Glad you asked! 

Objectives: 

  • To establish an interactive themed public art program in Downtown Redwood City
  • To provide a fun activity for parents and children to explore downtown Broadway Avenue by finding each of the six bird sculptures to be placed along the avenue.
  • To encourage patronage of downtown businesses. By walking along the avenue, participants will become more familiar with downtown businesses and be more likely to make a purchase.
  • To enhance downtown Redwood City’s infrastructure as a cultural destination and highlight its family friendly focus.  Birds on Broadway can be featured in arts and culture brochures and many magazines and books related to “things to do with kids”. 

I have to say, that I have been to many places that have public art…Portland, Seattle, Philly(yo), San Francisco, and I think it adds a lot of character and interesting possibilities.  Public art is fun, puts you on the map, and helps out businesses by giving people a reason to visit and explore your city/county. 

Your turn!

So, whattya think?  I ‘d love to hear any thoughts or stories/experiences about public art.  And if you haven’t seen BOB yet, check him out at the Gallery annex…but he will be going to city hall for the council meeting Monday night.  If you want to show your support, please join us.  The meeting is Monday at 7pm and it is estimated that we will be heard by 8pm.

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