It’s open! On Sunday, October 27, 2013 community members, donors and stakeholders from the campus and city gathered to dedicate the “Shovel Gateway”—a sculpture created from over 400 community-donated shovels.
The program, featuring brief speeches from Marieke DeWaard from the Davis Civic Arts Commission, Kathleen Socolofsky from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, sculptor Chris Fennell, and City of Davis Mayor Joe Kravoza, highlighted the collaborative process necessary to guide the creation of this public art piece as well as the entire Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project.
Afterward, attendees including shovel donors, interested community members, and students from Ann Savageau’s Sustainable Design class who assisted the artist with its creation, gathered under and around the sculpture to marvel at the distinctively-Davis landmark, locate their unique contribution, and speak to the artist.
On October 17, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden hosted a California Native Plant Garden “Sneak Preview” for our Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project partners, donors, and upper-level Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum members.
The event, hosted and generously catered by Whole Foods Market, included a behind-the-scenes tour highlighting the project’s improved connections between campus and downtown Davis as part of the City/Arts GATEway, how the landscape will connect people to the natural history of the region, serve as a learning laboratory for UC Davis students, and showcase sustainable solutions for stormwater management.
All the speakers featured in the brief program highlighted the positive partnership between the City of Davis and campus with Davis City Council Member Lucas Frerichs, UC Davis Vice Chancellor John Meyer, and Assistant Vice Chancellor and Arboretum and Public Garden Director Kathleen Socolofsky, all predicting that the town-gown collaboration on this project was “just the beginning.”
Also noted were the key players from the campus and city—Emily Griswold, director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens, and Ann Burnette, city planner—who worked together see the vision of this university and community resource become a reality.
“Shovel Gateway” artist Chris Fennell charmed the audience when he disclosed his uncertainty that he would be supplied enough used shovels to complete the landmark entry feature, revealed his delight at the overwhelming response, and expressed his appreciation for the community’s interest in his work
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DATE: Sunday, October 27
OPEN “HOUSE”: 1 – 3 PM with a brief program at 1:30 PM
PLACE: Shovel Gateway Sculpture site
Behind Davis Commons Shopping Center (MAP)
ENTRY: FREE and open to the public
OTHER: Light refreshments & musical entertainment by Shovelman,
a popular local folk musician who plays a barn shovel turned electric slide guitar!
PARKING: Nearby parking is limited. Guests are encouraged to walk or bike to event.
Additional parking is also available at F and First Streets.
Thanks to our generous community members, we, along with the City of Davis and Whole Foods Market, were able to collect over 400 shovels for artist Chris Fennell to transform into a vine-inspired gateway to lead visitors from the City of Davis to the UC Davis campus. Many thanks also go to the Davis Civic Arts Commission for recommending this project to the Davis City Council who approved its funding. From beginning to end, the creation of this landmark has been a collaborative process. READ MORE
Now it’s almost done! Motivated by the impending arrival of his first baby, Chris has been working feverishly during the month of October to complete the sculpture. Before Chris has to leave, we want to invite everyone to meet him and celebrate this exciting addition to our community on Sunday, October 27, from 1-3 pm (brief program and ribbon cutting at 1:30 pm).
Please drop by to visit the sculpture destined to become an iconic campus and city landmark, enjoy some light refreshments and learn more about the other exciting transformations happening throughout the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project and the UC Davis City Arts GATEway.