Monday 27 January 2020
"Tree Davis Emblem" Sculpture 2007, Artist: Gilbert Menke (1973-2016), American Sculptor, Next To Doug Arnold Real Estate, 505 Second Street, Davis, California

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The top of the leaf part of the sculpture was not attached to the stand. A pivot connected the leaf to the stand. It almost looked as if, one time in the past, the leaf could rotate around the pivot. A small sign identified this sculpture as: Gilbert Menke Sculptor Born Dec 19, 1973 Died July 13, 2016 Tree Davis Emblem Sculpture Installed 2007 In memoriam View all

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Sunday 26 January 2020
Painted Staircase Art, Artist: Unknown, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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Two mice posed on the edge of a staircase in a parking structure that surrounded the Davis Regal Theater. A sticker was affixed to the side of the gray mouse. A tiger striped creature, perhaps a hyena or a dog, stood next to a small pile of human skulls. That creature was painted on the underneath of the stairs that led up into the parking structure that surrounded the Davis Regal Theater. A parade of bats and bugs carried flowers up the edge of stairs that led up into the parking structure that surrounded the Davis Regal Theater in Davis, California. View all

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Saturday 25 January 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Back Yard, Eugene, Oregon, Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there. A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. One of my backyard favorites is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I've only seen the "crown" once. A sunny day, a few weeks ago, there were a lot of birds at the feeders and this littlest of all displayed his displeasure. I doubt any of the others even noticed. Mr. Townsend is what we call him. This bright and cheery bird in the midst of gray winter. I look forward to seeing him each morning. View all

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Saturday 25 January 2020
Cut Bronze Art, Artist: Unknown, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The panel at the rightmost end showed flowers and bushes etched into the face of the bronze. The white dots between some of the cuts could either be embedded dirt or LEDs. The second from the Leftmost panel had two bushes cut into its face. Along its lower face, dirty hand prints and streaks of mud marred the surface of the art. The leftmost panel featured several flowers and only one bush. Like the panel to its right, it too was dirtied with mud streaks (which begs the question: should the photographer clean the art before photographing it?). View all

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Friday 24 January 2020
"California Republic" Bench, Artist: Wes Horn, Sponsored by: Lucas and Stacy Prerichs, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Davis Regal Holiday Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The bear standing atop the bench was here shown in a closer shot that illustrated its red tongue created using a single red tile. The red star was attached to the wall behind the bench, so it appeared to move in relationship to the bench, as one walked by. A closer view of the star showing its red tiles and its red grout. A sign was stuck to the surface of the bench. It read: California Republic Bench Interactive Transmedia Sculpture Created by Wes Horn Sponsored by Lucas and Stacy Prerichs www.bulatag.com Powered by XtremeSignPost The state name was created from sans-serif black tiles embedded into the surface of the bench. View all

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Thursday 23 January 2020
"Sleeping Sophie" Mosaic Bench 2015, Artist: Jean Van Keuren, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The top of the giraffe's head was embossed out from the side of the bench. With its eyes closed, it actually did appear to be sleeping. The back of the "Sleeping Sophie" mosaic bench, looking over it at the street corner beyond. The neck and face of the "Sleeping Sophie" giraffe were three-dimensional which created a very striking work of art as a mosaic bench. The bench was missing a corner tile on its front facing face. Notice how the design of the tiles almost match that of an actual giraffe's body. The giraffe's neck curved over the top of the bench, creating a comfortable looking back support. View all

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Wednesday 22 January 2020
"Hot Air Ballooning while Cloud Watching" Bench, Artist: Civil Right Activist & Mother (1929-1966), Created by: Mark Rivers, Interactive Transmedia_Sculpture, Sponsored by: The Cheney Family, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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A closer view of one end of the "Hot Air Ballooning While Cloud Watching" bench. Notice that one cloud looked like a turtle and the other cloud looked like a lizard. Notice the use of mosaic tiles to create the scene. The hills were covered in small trees. The crests of the hills were bordered in yellow. And the fog was created using grey-tone tiles. A closer view of a balloon. Notice the two people in the basket of the balloon. Also notice that the grout around the trees in the hills was green, and the grout used in the sky was light blue. View all

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Tuesday 21 January 2020
"Magic Carpet" Bench, Artist: Donna Billick, And: The Community, Sponsored by: The John Natsoulas Gallery, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The fringe of the "Magic Carpet", and the designs on the surface of the carpet, were all made of mosaic tiles and were rock hard to the touch. The designs, "woven" in to the surface of the mosaic carpet, were abstract, dramatic, and lovely. The recognizable objects on the surface of the carpet were a horse, a fan, two fish, a Davis swim suit, a baseball and an an American soccer ball (elsewhere football). A closer shot of the fringe of the "Magic Carpet" was composed of long thin white ceramic tiles. Notice how some overlaid others which made it appear more real from a distance. View all

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Monday 20 January 2020
"Dog Day Bench", Artist: René Martucci, Interactive Transmedia Sculpture, Sponsored by: Rochelle Swanson, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The figure of a dog sitting was on each of the short bench faces. A figure of a dog standing was on each long bench faces. A ceramic mosaic art bench called, "Dog Day Bench." This bench was located in front of the Davis Regal Theater at 101 F Street. The background in front of which the sitting dog sat was composed of: Light blue tiles resembled sky. Dark blue tiles resembled hills. Green tiles resembled grass. And yellow tiles resembled flowers. A view of the back of the bench with parking on F Street visible just beyond the sidewalk. View all

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Sunday 19 January 2020
Male Townsend's Warbler, Back Yard, Eugene, Oregon, From Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. One of my backyard favorites is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I've only seen the "crown" once. A sunny day, a few weeks ago, there were a lot of birds at the feeders and this littlest of all displayed his displeasure. I doubt any of the others even noticed. A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there. Mr. Townsend is what we call him. This bright and cheery bird in the midst of gray winter. I look forward to seeing him each morning. View all

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Sunday 19 January 2020
"The Joggers" Sculpture 1986, Artist: Anthony Natsoulas, An America Born Artist, F Street and 3rd Street, Davis, California

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A view of "The Joggers" form the side with the street beyond them. Here you can see the woman looking at the man. The man looked at the woman as they passed each other. Here is a closer view of the man's face. "The Joggers" sculpture was located in a small garden at the corner of F Street and 3rd Street in downtown Davis, California. The sculpture featured two joggers passing each other while running in opposite directions. As they passed, they looked at, and smiled at, each other. A view of "The Joggers" sculpture as viewed looking out from inside the garden. "The Joggers" sculpture as viewed from the sidewalk and looking into the garden. View all

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Saturday 18 January 2020
"Roy" Sculpture, Artist: John Natsoulas, With: Others, Outside John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St, Davis, California

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The swirls of color that surrounded the disks was composed of pieces of colored trash plastic. The body and head of the "Roy" sculpture was made of reclaimed trash. Other sections of the "Roy" dog sculpture's body were covered in metal and foil scraps. A few exposed gaps revealed an underlying wood. The body of the "Roy" dog sculpture was composed of thousands of round disks. A closer view of the "Roy" dog sculpture's tongue. It too was covered in reclaimed scraps. A small part of the underneath of the tongue was covered with Bugs. Viewed from the other side, the base of the "Roy" dog sculpture had warm colors swirled through and around the disks. View all

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Friday 17 January 2020
Female Townsend's Warbler, Back Yard, Eugene, Oregon, From Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. Mr. Townsend is what we call him. This bright and cheery bird in the midst of gray winter. I look forward to seeing him each morning. One of my backyard favorites is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I've only seen the "crown" once. A sunny day, a few weeks ago, there were a lot of birds at the feeders and this littlest of all displayed his displeasure. I doubt any of the others even noticed. A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there. View all

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Friday 17 January 2020
"Calico Cat" Sculpture, Artist: John Natsoulas, With: Others, Outside John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St, Davis, California

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The face of the "Calico Cat" sculpture captured in a closer view. Notice its huge stiff whiskers and its wicked eye. The cat, just like the fence, was decorated in a mosaic of small tiles. The right front foot of the "Calico Cat" sculpture stood inside the fence. The foot was massive and resembles a cow's hoof rather than a cat's paw. The front porch of the building laid in shade under the body of the "Calico Cat" sculpture. Note the perpetually shaded bench. The "Calico Cat" seen from a distance, which showed its relationship to the surrounding neighborhood. View all

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