Desert Cactus and Prickly Pear ~ 23rd & K Alley

A midtown business facing a problem with frequent intruders on their back patio hired artists rather than security guards to resolve the situation. Artist Margaret Arnold painted and Steve Cook sculpted, and together they secured the 30-foot-wide patio wall behind Western Properties office (1).

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The Art:
The three-sided mural was painted by Arnold and is called, “Desert Cactus” (2). The sculptures of cacti and aloe vera on top of the wall are called “Prickly Pear” and were made by Cook from rebar, nails, and saw-blades (3). Cook also built a secure metal door to replace the original wooden gate (4).

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The Artists:

Arnold lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She paints primarily in oils but also does illustration and craftwork such as beaded skulls and decorated eggs (5, 6). You can see a large gallery of her works on her website, www.margaretarnoldgallery.com. Russ Andris has a great photo of Arnold painting the mural.

Cook lives in Clarksburg and creates metal sculptures and furniture from cast off objects (7). You can see a gallery of his works on his webpage, stevecooksculpture.com and his facebook page.

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Title: Desert Cactus & Prickly Pear
Artist: Margaret Arnold and Steve Cook
Date: 2013
Media: paint & rebar, nails, and saw-blades
Location: Alley side of 2318 K


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(1) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(2) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(3) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(4) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(5) http://www.margaretarnoldgallery.com/info.html
(6) http://www.margaretarnoldgallery.com/margaretarnold.html
(7) http://www.bluewinggallery.com/july-01-2011-art-receptition.html

Arttake: Arty Bike Racks, Part 3

Sacramento is full of clever bike racks, so today’s arttake is a follow-up to my first two posts on arty bike racks from Feb 2011 and July 2011. The red rack pictured above is the very bike-like bike rack that sits in front of INK Eats & Drinks at 27th & N.

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The ice cream cone and sundae shaped sculpted bike racks at Vic’s Ice Cream were well used on this sunny day.

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Local artist, Gina Rossi, sculpted this sun inspired bike rack for R U Tan on K between 23rd & 24th.

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This rack in front of Paragary’s at 27th & N is called, The Martini Glass, and is also by Rossi. This is part of a series of racks she will be creating for installation throughout midtown. Many unexpected and fun details on this one.

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This industrial rack on 23rd Street between I & J looks like a sister to another rack at 25 & I that I posted on last July.

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