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First Of Four New Art Projects Installed Along New RT Line

Courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

Courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

The extension of Sacramento Regional Transit's Blue Line isn't complete yet.  But, one of the pieces of public art for the project is.

Shelly Willis with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission says the sculpture by David Best has already been installed at the site of the Franklin Street Station.

"He's best known for creating these huge temples that burn at Burning Man. This artwork is made with steel. It can't burn. It's permanent and it's quite extraordinary. And I think it will become something that people will really recognize."

The sculpture looks like a 24-foot-wide, 20-foot-high wedding ring with a very pointy setting.  Willis says the Best piece is the first of four Art in Public Places pieces connected with the new Blue Line stations.

"There's two piece by Mike Ross overpass One is on an overpass-it's the railing. There's another piece that's integrated into the hardscape of the station platform. There's a piece by Joyce Hsu who has created a design for one of the canopies."

The four pieces of art have been commissioned for $56,000 total for an overpass and three of the Blue Line's proposed stations.

Stations at Franklin, Center Parkway, and Consumnes River College  are scheduled to open this September.

The Morrison Creek station has been delayed until demand for service increases.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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