Now that Healdsburg Plaza, all festooned with holiday decorations and lights, has achieved a certain maximum level of sweetness and charm, city officials this week expanded the buzz with a new adornment to be installed on the west side of Healdsburg Avenue on the plaza planter near Bear Republic Brewing Co. and Hotel Healdsburg.
"This is a unique location, at the confluence of two foot bridges that cross Foss Creek, with visibility from Healdsburg Avenue and the West Plaza parking lot," said Ray Holley, a spokesman for the sponsors of the project.
Holley, speaking before the Healdsburg City Council this week, said the sculpture, a collection of rotating metal orbs mounted on a tall pole, would "encourage pedestrians in both the downtown commercial area to the east and the parking area to the west to explore more of the downtown."
City Council unanimously approved installation of the artwork, done by well-known California sculptor Moto Ohtake. The piece, titled "Aero-5," is currently on display at the Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture Grove in Santa Rosa.
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"The foundation proposes to lease this piece from the artist and display it on a long term basis, as we have with many other sculptures in the community," he added.
Holley said the piece would rotate with the wind, but would not make any noise.
It is latest of more than 20 sculptures installed throughout the city by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation -- in partnership with the Healdsburg Parks and Recreation Department -- Holley said.
"This sounds like a nice addition," said City Councilman Jim Wood. "Everything the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation has done so far has been very positive and I'm sure this will be too."
Holley said installation could take place by Christmas, weather permitting. There is no cost to the city, except in in-kind services in the form of labor done by the Parks and Recreation Department under a memorandum of understanding with VFSF.
He added that another approved some months ago, was still under production with a student organization, ArtStart in Santa Rosa.
"The couch is being covered in mosaic tiles," Holley said. "The plan is to install it after the rainy season."