Very few city corporation yards attract admiring glances from the public. Napa’s will be an exception.
Napa artist Mikey Kelly is at work this month, transforming 710 feet of chainlink fence along the corporation yard’s western border into a linear work of art.
This stretch of corporation yard border runs along the Napa Valley Vine Trail as it cuts at a diagonal through the heart of Napa.
First, Kelly is painting the slats in the fence. They will have a pattern of intersecting lines and waves, made from fade-resistant paint in seven colors.
Then, silhouettes of joggers, cyclists and others who use the Vine Trail will be cut from quarter-inch-thick aluminum sheets and mounted with metal brackets to the back of the fence.
The city’s Public Art Steering Committee picked Kelly’s design from many submissions. Members were impressed that his proposal would turn the entire 710 feet of fence into public art.
The $40,000 project, which the City Council approved in March, is joining a handful of large-scale murals that have been completed in recent months as part of the new Rail Arts District to beautify an urbanized and sometimes-gritty stretch of the bicycle and pedestrian pathway.
Among the arrivals are “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” a nighttime scene on the back of the Napa Valley Register office, as well as the geometric “Chromodynamica” behind Matthews Mattress and the surrealist “Floating Houses” on the NAPA Auto Parts building.