Shovel gateway sculpture dedication


Leaflet larger invitation art

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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

Photo of Chris Fennell with UC Davis and City of Davis partners

Artist Chris Fennell with UC Davis and City of Davis project partners. Left to right, Emily Griswold (UC Davis), Chris Fennell (artist), Carrie Dyer (City), and Anne Brunette (City)

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.


Why used shovels?
Dig in! Shovels sought for campus and city sculpture project

UC Davis Dateline
Davis Enterprise



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