Jeremy Criswell and Elro Marshall work on the frame for a butterfly art bench that will be placed along the Putah Creek Parkway in South Davis. It is one of four benches built with ferro cement with mosaic added, reflecting the natural elements along the urban nature trail and providing places where walkers can pause, sit and reflect.
“The attractive natural topography of the creek channel and the remnants of the original creek vegetation make this an ideal location to site benches,” according to the design proposal.
The artwork features themes drawn from the Arboretum’s nearby California Native Plant Garden. One of the benches is being created by veteran Davis artist Donna Billick, whose work can be seen around town as well as on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento; another bench is being done by Tom Arie Donch, an artist with a studio in Vallejo who has done outdoor pieces in more than 20 states.