Editorial: Santa Clarita Mayor Discusses Community Art Impact
By Bob Kellar
The Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission believe public art enriches the community, inspires conversation, and encourages creativity among residents of all ages. Over the last several years, we’ve made tremendous strides in bringing new art in many forms to Santa Clarita. Allow me to share with you some of our more recent additions.
The city’s Common Spaces: Art in Public Places campaign has included the installation of three new art pieces, including “The Western Tiger Swallowtail” outside Central Park; the innovative STROLL featuring audio art, and “The Finish,” located along the South Fork Trail.
“The Finish” is situated along the South Fork Trail and pays tribute to the men, women and children who use Santa Clarita’s trail system to stay active and healthy. Artist Scott Bruckner donated the wood art piece to the city and describes his creation as representing a runner’s excitement as he or she passes the finish line in a race. The piece was constructed from Douglas fir with steel support brackets and steel cables. It is approximately 14 feet high from the base with a wingspan of seven feet.
The City Council and Arts Commission plan to add several new public art installations throughout the community in the coming years so keep an eye out for one in your neighborhood. For more information about the city’s endeavors in the arts, visit www.Common-Spaces.org.