Tuesday 28 January 2020
"2 Views of Putah Creek", Utility Box Art 2015, Artist: Danielle Fodor, 1st Street And D Street, Davis, California

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The side of the narrow power box that faced the street showed layers of fish swimming in the river. A power meter was visible behind a dirty plastic window. This narrow power box was alongside the utility box. Instead of shore, this power meter box illustrated fish underwater in the river. A closer view of the top of the power box to illustrate the brush work used to create the art. The box was located at the corner of 1st Street And D Street in downtown Davis, California. From this point of view, the box was painted to resemble the shore of a creek or a river. View all

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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. The Tree Davis Emblem Sculpture was in two parts. First was a large leaf which appeared to be made of hammered copper. Second was a half frame holding up that leaf, which appeared to be made of bronze. To the right of the sculpture was a box that (in the past) dispensed brochures that described the Davis Tree Walk. 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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A picture of an actual bear appeared to be chasing the cartoon bear named Yogi who ran away while carrying a picnic basket. 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 mythic creature pursued a bug on the bottom of a staircase at 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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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. 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. 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 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?). The second from rightmost panel also showed flowers and bushes in abstract on the etched face of the bronze panel. The style was the same across all the panels, but the number and size of the bushes and flowers varied from panel to panel. 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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A view of the back of the bench. Not only did it appear dim compared to the sunlit street, but it also appeared less decorated. 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. The bear on the California flag was embossed on the bench's surface and stood straight up. Its rough outline and body color were created from mosaic tiles. The bear standing atop the bench was here shown in a closer shot that illustrated its red tongue created using a single red tile. 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 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 "Sleeping Sophie" bench appeared as if the the body of the giraffe was formed into a box shape. Notice the giraffe's tail on the left end of the bench. The back of the "Sleeping Sophie" mosaic bench, looking over it at the street corner beyond. The "Sleeping Sophie" bench as it appeared from across F Street. It almost looked like a giraffe asleep on a giraffe patterned bench. 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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The entrance to the Davis Regal Theater lay just beyond the bench. In addition to hot air balloons and clouds, a dramatic sky with low fog formed the upper background. And rolling green hills formed the lower background. 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. The top of the bench was decorated with stars and swirling blue orbs. 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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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. The designs, "woven" in to the surface of the mosaic carpet, were abstract, dramatic, and lovely. Someone had augmented the sculpture by leaving a roll of packing tape and a pair of scissors on top of the "Magic Carpet" as if ready to fly off to the UPS store. A sign on the foot of the carpet read: Magic Carpet Interactive Transmedia Sculpture Created by Donna Billick and The Community Sponsored by The John Natsoulas Gallery www.bulatag.com Powered by XtremeSignPost 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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A sign was glued to the rear side upper-surface of the bench. It identified the art as: Dog Day Bench Interactive Transmedia Sculpture Created by René Martucci Sponsored by Rochelle Swanson www.bulatag.com Powered by XtremeSignPost 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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"The Joggers" sculpture was located in a small garden at the corner of F Street and 3rd Street in downtown Davis, California. A view of "The Joggers" form the side with the street beyond them. Here you can see the woman looking at the man. "The Joggers" sculpture as viewed from the sidewalk and looking into the garden. A closer look at the woman's face as "The Joggers" passed each other. Notice she is pointing away from the garden as if telling the man to turn and follow her. A view of "The Joggers" sculpture as viewed looking out from inside 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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Viewed from the other side, the base of the "Roy" dog sculpture had warm colors swirled through and around the disks. The head of the "Roy" dog sculpture was so high it almost became lost in the tree. It was difficult to tell from this angle, but the dog was sticking out its tongue. 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. 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 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. 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 Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. View all

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