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Client: City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program

Location: Santa Rosa, CA, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $110,000

Project Team

Artist

Wowhaus

Wowhaus

Structural Engineering

ZFA Structural Engineering

ZFA Structural Engineering

Overview

Functional sculptures pivot, inviting playful interaction and engagement. These fantastical large-scale Raindrop can be rotated, enabling an endless array of seating compositions to be created within this public park plaza. Rendered in highly Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) with twinkling glass terrazzo in vivid blue hues, the artwork exemplifies an innovative approach to this highly durable material; the smooth finish is inviting to the touch and stays cool under the sun. Wowhaus engaged community members of all ages in the design development of this commission.

Goals

This artwork commemorates the resiliency of the Coffey Park Community, devastated by the 2017 Tubbs Wildfire. Engaging community members of all ages - including children who lost their homes - Wowhaus created a joyful, uplifting design that evokes the healing nature of water, which is vital to the ecosystem and also a balm. Wowhaus sited the artwork within a rain garden to draw attention to the vital role of water reclamation in preserving the urban watershed.

Process

Wowhaus engaged community members of all ages via workshops and online surveys in developing their design concept for this artwork. Wowhaus worked closely with fabricators and engineers, developing custom exterior grade hardware to enable the functional sculptures to pivot. Wowhaus also collaborated with City Staff, Carlile Macy Landscape Architects and the general contractor in order to integrate the artwork within the Master Plan for this public park.