2 Sculptures: Fountainheads of Conversation

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

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?

Elizabeth July 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Hahah, I see Mr. Frederic is back........
Triple Canopy July 03, 2012 at 04:48 AM
MF, You've got no credibility. Your rants during city council hearings when you put up some triptych along the tack board ledge in the council chamber was laughable. WC Patch seems to be your only outlet since your conspiracy theories and verbal ramblings have reached super-irrelevance. Well done. You're right up there with Ralph Hoffman... the drunken pervert. Limited experience? Ha! I know more than you think I know. Yessiree.. bad cornflakes.
michael frederick July 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
TC, One of us has over 35 years of experience with the City Council and commercial real estate as a rather prominent owner on Main; experience he seeks to share with the public in a format, Patch, that is conducive toward that end. The other has internet service and an insecurity complex he's working to overcome. Ralph Hoffman uses his own name, substantiates his opinions with information, and never seeks to substitute sand-box antics for a complete lack of substance. "I know more than you think." I see no evidence to support that. If there were, given your obvious need to achieve self-affirmation, there would be.
John N August 21, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I saw today that they were loading the "Fountainhead" on to the back of a truck and hauling it away. Maybe they are going to put it in the same warehouse that the "lost ark" is in:) Wouldn't that be cool. I don't care who paid for it, it was a waste of money.
carol putman March 23, 2013 at 04:01 AM
"Fountainhead" makes Concord's "Spirit Poles" look good.


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