Imagine

Submitted by Brian Keith

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Client: CenterCal Properties

Location: Danville, CA, United States

Project Team

Client

Fred Bruning

CenterCal Properties

Artist

Brian Keith

Brian Keith Fine Art

Industry Resource

Monterey Sculpture Foundry

Monterey Sculpture Center

Overview

Imagine is a collection of life-size whimsical sculptures designed to encourage the dreaming of impossible dreams. Wonder and awe fill the little girl's face as an exhilarating story comes to life before her eyes. Grandpa is utterly delighted as he sits astride a swan preparing for take off. These bronze sculptures are a site-specific design for this plaza development located in Danville, CA. A couple of years later each sculpture was recast for a new plaza and retail development located in Farmington, UT called Station Park Plaza.

Goals

The goals for this commission was to have works of art that would engage the community and those who visit Blackhawk Plaza. The way in which the sculptures are laid out within the landscape design bring balance to the water feature and also allows for a very practical approach to the story being told. Since the sculptures are taking off in flight, an actual flight pattern was created which would tell the story from take-off to landing. Each piece was created to be visible within the visual scope of the pond feature.

Process

The CEO of CenterCal Properties(Developer) approached Brian Keith Sculpture Studios to design works of art that could be integrated into the redevelopment plan of the plaza. Brian spent two days on site seeking what seemed best in design and content. When he came up with a concept design that he felt would meet the company's hopes for the project, Brian brought to CenterCal a series of sketches showing each sculpture and the overall layout. He created a story that Fred Bruning at CenterCal was excited about displaying within their development, which is a centerpiece within the community of Danville. As each sculpture was created, and throughout the process of the design of the landscape, Brian discussed the best options with the engineers, architects, and program directors. The final product has been a major success in Danville, CA.

Additional Information

Because I work efficiently in this medium and also because of my training and experience creating life-like figures in bronze, the sculptures were completed prior to the completion of the redevelopment and within budget, like all of my past projects.