CAPITOLA >> Working at O’Neill surf shop, Nicole Miceli and Roman Brockley enjoyed a perfect view through the storefront window of the installation of Capitola’s largest public art project Monday.
“It looks nice but I was confused,” said Miceli, wondering if the colorful glass panels represented flags.
“I can see surfboards now that you pointed it out,” Brockley told a visitor. “I see fins on the bottom.”
The $200,000 project by Truckee artist Troy Corliss creates three new points of interest in the median strips along a mile stretch of 41st Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the county.
Visitors entering from Highway 1 will first see a group of board sails and a schooner sail across from Liberty Tax, 2185 41st Ave., then kayaks flowing through the trees in front of the Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., followed by the surfboards in front of the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1255 41st Ave.
The formal unveiling will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Inn.
By Monday afternoon, workers had installed the frames at all three locations but at two locations, the colorful glass panels had yet to be put into place.
The glass panels are assembled using a method known as “endomosaic,” developed and named by Big Sur artist Emile Norman in the 1950s.
The concept proposed by Corliss was selected through an open competition by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission. He has completed public art projects for the San Francisco Art Commission, Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Des Moines Area Regional Transit.
The installation is funded with a 2 percent fee on private development dedicated to public art, which has been levied since 2006.
“I’m all for art,” said Miceli. “Maybe it will get people to slow down.”
Solomon Katz, on a walk through Capitola, approved, saying, “I think people here will love it.”
By Jondi Gumz
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