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2 Sculptures: Fountainheads of Conversation

Update: Main Street sculptures are the first public-private partnership seeding public art.

2 Sculptures: Fountainheads of Conversation 2 Sculptures: Fountainheads of Conversation 2 Sculptures: Fountainheads of Conversation

Update: Added a photo of the sculpture in front of Wells Fargo, and another photo of 'Fountain Head' in front of Mechanics Bank on North Main Street.

Two sculptures are sculpting the landscape of North Main Street.

The two new sculptures are causing a bit of a downtown buzz. Pictured here is a cable TV cameraman finding out what the buzz is about as Bay Area sculptor Seyed Alavi's "Fountain Head" is installed at the Mechanics Bank on North Main Street. It's a head coming out of a fountain. Another sculpture by Wowhaus (Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable of Sebastopol) has been installed at the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street. It's called 'Geologica' and looks like a geode. It replaces a fountain that the Contra Costa Times called an eyesore.
 
This is the first public-private partnership organized to encourage public art; it uses city public art in-lieu fees collected from developers to improve city property downtown. The two Main Street sculptures together became the Downtown Fountains Project with a budget of $90,000 — $60,000 from the in-lieu public art fund and a $30,000 contribution collectively from the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, Wells Fargo and Mechanics Bank, according to a report by the Walnut Creek Arts, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The sculptors were the choice of a Downtown Fountain Project Selection Panel, which was approved by the Walnut Creek Arts Commission.

The "Fountain Head" moved Patch reader to take a photo of another head sculpture that graces Renaissance Club Sports.

 Who has eyeballed the sculptures and pronounces artistic judgement — in the Comment section below?

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