The public art piece that is the centerpiece of Abbott Square.
Client: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Category: Sculpture Fabrication
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Date: May 2015
In 2014 there was an international competition to design the major public sculpture that soars overhead in Abbott Square. The BEACON sculpture was created by Gyroscope, Inc. and built by Gizmo Art Productions, Inc. Gizmo fabricated the steel mirrored wall cladding and the suspension system from which the buoys hang.
The piece was engineered to hold the weight of the buoys for many years. Gizmo designed the custom installation for the “Beacon” and rented high reaches to place the mirrored panels and the hanging system. This project highlights the character of downtown Santa Cruz and the charm of Abbott Square.
“We developed a plan for a food experience featuring many diverse chefs from across the region and recruited an amazing partner for the Abbott Square Market, John McEnery IV, who led the development of the successful San Pedro Square Market in San Jose. We also attracted significant lead grants and donations from national foundations and local individuals who believe in the power of the project to build community.”