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ELKHORN WATER TOWER MURAL COMPLETED
Artist John Pugh has completed the installation of three murals on the facade of the 35' high, 3 million gallon water tower on the corner of Elkhorn Blvd. and Natomas Blvd. in north Natomas. The murals are painted in the Tromp L'oeil style, French for "fool the eye", and depict a series of scenes that include native trees, flora and fauna.

photo of elkhorn water tower mural

Photo of mural on Elkhorn water tower

Photo of mural on Elkhorn water tower

photo of elkhorn water tower mural

Photo of mural on Elkhorn water tower

Photo of mural on Elkhorn water tower

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Beloved Sculpture Restored

catlett sculpture restored

In early January, 2013, "Sojourner", by Elizabeth Catlett, located at the Convention Center Sculpture Garden was vandalized. It was knocked off of its base and broken into several pieces. A nationally known conservator directed the restoration effort and last month the artwork was relocated to the Crocker Art Museum, located at 215 O Street in Sacramento. You may see the sculpture without paying an entry fee to the Museum.

Elizabeth Catlett was commissioned by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in 1998. The 7' high, Mexican Limestone sculpture of a woman with crossed arms, a flowing skirt and gazing upwards celebrates the heroic strength and endurance of African-American and Mexican working-class women. Historically, "Sojourner" is a reference to Sojourner Truth, the self-given name of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist born into slavery in New York. She escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826 and after going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Elizabeth Catlett Mora (April 15, 1915 - April 2, 2012) was an American-born Mexican sculptor and printmaker whose remarkable career as an artist and activist was groundbreaking and significant. Art historian Melanie Herzog describes Catlett as "the foremost African American woman artist of her generation." Her long career spanned several political and social movements including the Chicago Renaissance of the 1940s, the Black Power and Black Arts movements of the 1960s, the Mexican Public Art Movement, and feminism, all of which influenced her art.

Images of the aftermath of the vandalism:

photo of destroyed Catlett sculpture

photo of destroyed Catlett sculpture

Images of the restoration process and installation at Crocker Art Museum:

photos of Catlett sculpure being restoredcatlett sculpture restored

Photo of child using glue

Photo of child using glue

Photo of child using gluePhoto of painting by Alex Escalante, a woman sits at a cafe table with the shadow of a man in the foregroundStages Dancer Branna Rummery in a white and red dress balancing in a half-toe arabesqueBlues in the Schools youth participant playing the string bassGilbert, 'Magu' Lujan, 'Homie Walking The Dogs', 2000

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Two large birds flying off of the airport parking garage structure and the head of a third bird. The birds are made out of plexi-glass and steel.

Sacramento airport installation by artist Dennis Oppenheim