What are the new sculptures in River District Sacramento CA?

Have you seen the new big wing sculptures in the River District?

A Reddit user recently posted a photo to r/Sacramento Reddit forum of a sculpture under construction, asking if anyone had any information on “what it’s supposed to mean”. The post received more than 70 “upvotes” and nearly 100 comments.

Residents started making their own guesses on the Reddit forum of what the sculpture is supposed to represent. Here are a few that made us laugh:

  • whale tail
  • Soccer
  • lawn darts
  • Fish
  • Mermaid
  • Extraterrestrial
  • Angel’s wings
  • Badminton racket

Here’s a hint: This is none of the above.

Here’s what we know about the new sculptures in Sacramento that are making people curious:

Located at the corner of Richards Blvd. and North 12th St. near Mirasol Village, the City of Sacramento wrote on its websitetwo 40-foot sculptures titled “Uplift” are the newest addition to the city’s makeover-themed public art project.

The artworks, which will soon light up, were created by Seattle-based artist Vicki Scuri. She went through a “competitive” application process and was ultimately selected by the Office of Arts and Culture and the Sacramento Arts Culture Creative Economy Commission to create the artwork.

Director Donald Gensler of Sacramento’s Art in Public Places program said, “The sculptures frame the city and welcome visitors, business owners and residents to the City of Sacramento,” according to the city’s website.

Skuri’s professional work dates back more than 30 years. She has worked with walkways, balustrades, streetscapes, towers and sculptures – all defined by their patterns and the use of sunlight and shadows to connect humans to nature. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975 before completing her master’s degree in Wisconsin, according to the Washington State Arts Commission.

The $350,000 project is largely funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative program. It includes seven painted murals along the North 12th St. corridor in the River District.

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This story was originally published September 16, 2022 11:07 a.m.

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Brianna Taylor is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. A former Bee intern, Brianna has also reported from Missouri and Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University.