A walkable art display has opened in downtown Sacramento

A new public art project is on display in Sacramento. It’s a walking art adventure called “Spirit Wings.” “This was seven years in the making that turned into seven incredible sculptures all along K Street,” said Amanda Blackwood, president and CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. The project was the vision of two community leaders in the Sacramento area, Megan Blackwell and Phil Tretheway, through their participation in Metro EDGE, a young professional program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation. How could we use art to create a place to create a walkable discovery of our community,” Blackwood said. Local artist Gar Ugalde was tapped to help make it all happen. “As you walk down to look at these works, you’re interacting with people on these streets here. You see different businesses that are down here,” Ugalde said. “So, yeah, I think it’s a pretty nice way to get to know the neighborhood .” The first sculpture is a crane that can be found on Old Sacramento’s waterfront near Delta King. From there, the nearly mile-long art walk takes people east on K Street through downtown. “It’s K Street where our downtown really is. trying to recover from the pandemic, some challenges we have, and our government services are not back yet,” Blackwood said. “So we’re creating opportunities for our tourists to enjoy K Street, we’re creating opportunities for those who live here to enjoy K Street.” It’s designed like a treasure hunt, leaving most of the sculptures a mystery. The city only revealed where it starts and ends. The last sculpture is at 13th and K Street just above the Hyatt Regency Hotel. “As the pieces progress, they begin to morph; they begin to transform from a bird to a woman,” said Ugalde, describing the sculptures he created. He said it reflects the relationship between humans and nature. You can learn more about the project at spiritwings916.com.

A new public art project is on display in Sacramento. It’s a walking art adventure called “Spirit Wings”.

“This has been seven years in the making that has turned into seven incredible sculptures all along K Street,” said Amanda Blackwood, president and CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The project was the vision of two Sacramento-area community leaders, Megan Blackwell and Phil Tretheway, through their participation in Metro EDGE, a young professional program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation.

“It all came from the idea of ​​how can we activate our places? How can we use art to create a place to create a walkable discovery of our community,” Blackwood said.

Local artist Gar Ugalde was tapped to help make it all happen.

“As you walk down to look at these pieces, you interact with the people on these streets here. You see different businesses that are down here,” Ugalde said. “So yeah, I think it’s a pretty nice way to get to know the neighborhood.”

The first sculpture is a crane that can be found on the waterfront of Old Sacramento near the Delta King. From there, the nearly mile-long art walk takes people east on K Street through downtown.

“It’s on K Street where our downtown is really trying to recover from the pandemic, some challenges that we have and our government services are not back yet,” Blackwood said. “So, creating opportunities for our tourists to enjoy K Street, creating opportunities for those who live here to enjoy K Street.”

It was designed like a treasure hunt, leaving most of the sculptures a mystery. The city only revealed where it starts and ends.

The last sculpture is at 13th and K streets just above the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

“As the pieces progress, they begin to morph; they begin to transform from a bird to a woman,” said Ugalde, describing the sculptures he created.

He said it reflects the relationship between humans and nature.

You can learn more about the project at spiritwings916.com.

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