Artist Chris Fennell is transforming more than 400 used shovels into a work of art at the new gateway between campus and community behind the Davis Commons shopping center at First and E streets.
The vine-inspired sculpture will welcome pedestrians and bicyclists traveling from the city to the UCD Arboretum as part of the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project and the UCD City Arts GATEway.
Depending on which way a pedestrian is headed, the gateway will open to the growing Arboretum or into downtown, as part of the ongoing effort to make it an arts destination.
Fennell likes that his metal trellis will echo another with live vines in the Davis Commons center.
He is hard at work each day building the 16-foot-tall archway out of twisted steel pipes and used shovel heads. The $40,000 project is paid for by the city of Davis municipal arts fund. Fennell’s design was selected in 2011 from among 66 submitted.
An “open house” at the site is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, with a brief program beginning at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.