Vader + Bologna, plus Fremont
Joe has been partnering with sculptor Patricia Vader for several years. Both have an interest in kinetic sculpture and both have been using re-purposed bicycles parts in sculptures for a long time. In downtown Fremont California, on Fremont Boulevard , they recently installed Space Glow, a 12-foot tall metallic flower composition that turns into a school of glowing space ships at night. It is only the second public art sculpture to be installed in Fremont, where it will reside for two years.
Vader+Bologna recently removed “Springtime Bouquet” , a 12-foot tall steel sculpture made with re-purposed water tank, auto wheels, utility box, rebar coils and grape stakes , from the Napa Art Walk. After two years in front of the Oxbow Market complex, this public scaled kinetic sculpture now seeks a new site.
Joe knows his birds
Joe recently built and installed downtown Walnut Creek, California’s only artistic “bicycle tethering posts”. Titled “Bicycle Watchers“, it enables bikes to be safely secured near the curb without blocking the sidewalk for pedestrians. What makes this installation unusual is a row of large steel birds perched along the top bar between the posts. [Perhaps they are keeping an eye on the bikes!] With typical confidence, Joe doubts that cyclists will think this concept is “for the b….” well, you know.
Joe hits the trail – again and again
Once again, Bologna added two sculptures to the Cloverdale and Geyserville, California Sculpture Trail, a year-round exhibit of sculptures in Northern Sonoma County’s “wine country”. One-eye Jack resides in downtown Cloverdale and Black Tetrahedron is installed at the southern freeway US 101 entrance into Geyserville. This is the ninth time he has been selected for this well respected California sculpture venue.
Victory for Joe the “Gorilla Artist”
For the past 20 years, Joe has been an unnoticed “Gorilla Artist”, placing sculpture in public places, without an invitation. Very often, it then disappears and Joe is the last to know where it went. One time Joe left a large steel cactus sculpture in the Ruth Bancroft [cactus] Garden after its sculpture exhibition was finished. He hid it among the living cacti that inspired it . When the garden manager found the new arrival, she called Joe to remind him of the garden’s policy that there be no permanent sculpture in garden . And then she said “But Ruth Bancroft really likes it and wants it to stay”. Recently the garden was refurbished and his cactus was moved to the main entrance area. Another victory for gorilla art!