Iowa Street Seniors Housing San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, just off University Ave. 120 units San Diego Interfaith Housing, developer Carlos Rodriguez Architect Sun Country Builders
There are many items that comprise the art: Musical instruments, Dog and Cat sculptures, word pavers, Wish sculpture, wind chime, two electrical utility boxes, an historic tank image and 3 copper wall art pieces for Matt Jumper’s office.
Due to the time frame, everyone at Iowa Seniors probably played and instrument or had a sibling or parent who did. These pieces are animated with lights and joinery. They are near the elevators and can help to navigate. “Get off at the stringed instruments”. I cut actual old instruments in half and added lights and tiny mirrors.
The community room has a large image of the iconic water tank of North Park. The real tank can be viewed from the top floor.
The electrical utility boxes are outside and painted in abstracted shadows of tree branches. This sort of hides them. Chosen for the obscuring rather than accentuating.
Lucky is a magical animal who accepts belly rubs to spread the good luck. Painted in the styleof concrete yard art, thick opaque paint that be should be peeling soon. Typically the colors are close, but not naturalistic; jockeys, donkeys rabbits and deer. Lucky is painted a mythical red, just this side of other worldly. Not the color of an Irish Setter. Not really believable and yet acceptable for a lucky dog.
Here is our rendition of Princess and the Pea. A large stack of concrete pillows, a concrete cat surveys. In a planter, it is surrounded by catnip. A reminder of the cat-ness one would have observed with a family cat, but as an older person, who perhaps not wanting the responsibility.
The Wish sculpture has a stand with a pad of paper and pencil to write a wish and to slide the cover to put into the copper vortex where wishes can happen. I’m hoping that the contents spring into a writing program, or spring into reality once the person is aware that they have a wish.
The pavers were hand cast with 20 different words of phrases and placed in appropriate places.Extraordinary.