The city of Napa plans to hold a ribbon-cutting at the site of the Napa Valley Vine Trail’s newest piece of public art on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m.
The city’s Corporation Yard fence, at the Vine Trail between Lincoln Avenue and Jackson Street, served as the canvas for “Begin and Continue,” the multicolored artwork that stretches over 700 feet and reflects the “Op art” style popular in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
Napa artist Mikey Kelly created the artwork after being selected from a competitive process earlier this year. The city’s Public Art Steering Committee juried the competition and awarded Kelly the $40,000 project after the City Council approved the public art project in early 2017.
The parameters of the project required the artist to work with the community as part of the project’s design development. To create “Begin and Continue,” the artist involved students by asking them to describe Napa in one word. Some of the responses included words such as: active, caring, fuerte, amor, and home. The words helped the artist develop both the pattern and palette for the artwork. Kelly also involved the community by photographing people using the trail. He used the photos to produce several metal silhouettes that are also part of the artwork.
The city invites the public to attend the event, where the artist Kelly will be available talk about about the creative process.
The public art project is the city’s 10th public art installation. It is also the fourth artwork installation along the Napa Valley Vine Trail’s “Rail Arts District.”
For more information about the city’s public art program, please visit www.cityofnapa.org and click on “Public Art” under the “Quick Links” section.
If you would like to learn more about the artist or the artwork, please visit http://mikeykelly.com.