Arachnicat, an eco-friendly biomorphic sculpture & play structure

Submitted by Colin Selig

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Client: The City of Dublin, CA

Location: CA, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $37,000

Project Team

Artist

Colin Selig

Colin Selig Sculpture LLC

Project Manager

Shaun Chilkotowsky

The City of Dublin

Overview

Arachnicat is an eco-friendly biomorphic play structure commissioned for Clover Park, in Dublin, California. Standing 6 feet tall with 8 x 10 foot base, this sculpture is made entirely from regionally sourced scrap steel propane tanks that were carefully dissected and reassembled, with no additional reshaping of the material, a process with a minimal carbon footprint which produces durable objects that contain 99% post-consumer reused content. Arachnicat has an insect’s body, feline ears and a scorpion’s tail. Incorporated between its legs are three seating surfaces which also serves as steps for kids who want to climb higher.

Goals

PGAdesign Landscape Architects, Oakland, CA, who designed the park, selected a specific site for a commissioned work of art next to a riparian corridor overlooking the junction of a bike trail and walking trails. The City of Dublin wanted a sculpture that was visibly pleasing for both pedestrian and cyclist views at ground level and from the switchback trail and hillside above.

The concept for this sculpture is a creature of unknown species crawling up out of the adjacent creek bed and strip of trees to explore the park. Brightly colored and playful, it’s a focal-point element for the park which appeals to people of all ages and compliments the other amenities.

Process

A pubic art selection committee comprised of residents and City staff selected Colin Selig’s proposal from among five finalists. With input from The City and an independent conservator, the original design was amended to include longer seats, a lower overall height, and an improved surface coating.
 
The sculpture was constructed at the artist’s studio from 1/4 inch thick curved steel tank parts that were seam welded together to form a very rigid structure with no flat surfaces or pockets for water to collect. To ensure it would be safe for human interaction, all welds and edges were sanded smooth. The sculpture was coated in a quality vermilion poly enamel paint.