Off The Rails
Rocklin's Public Art Project Rolls Onward
A new public art project, Off The Rails, has been commissioned by the City of Rocklin.

“Artists were invited to submit an application and sketch for mining carts last April,” notes Trisa Swerdlow, Artist Liaison to Rocklin’s Art Task Force. “There were no limits on where the artist lived or their professional status. A blind jury of 8 jurors selected 9 carts for the project. We currently have funding for the 5 carts which are being completed in this first phase of the project. Funding for Phase 2 is being raised for completion of the next 4 chosen artists’ carts.” Selected artists will receive a total $2000 stipend by delivery of the completed (embellished) mining cart art piece.

Proud of the community she has been a part of since 2004, Parks and Recreation Art Commissioner Twaina Armstrong-Bryant chairs the Art Task Force of Rocklin.

Armstrong-Bryant and Trisa Swerdlow recently completed progress checks on the 5 pieces selected for Phase One of the imaginative Public Arts project. Here they share the snapshots with Robin and her daughters.

“Mining carts identify Rocklin’s beginnings as a granite quarry. Our city has evolved, through hard work, to a progressive community which has kept a small town feel.”

The finished carts will be presented to the public in an unveiling on September 21 at the Quarry Park, art-themed Gather event. The artists will be present at this family-friendly free event, which runs from 5-10 pm and includes food trucks, representation from many Rocklin arts groups and an outdoor showing of the film “A Wrinkle in Time.”

A Mini Maker Faire on October 6 at Sierra College is the second opportunity to meet the artists,and see the carts before they are installed in The Quarry District of Rocklin.

Opening photo, above; Robin Ingram King, a sign painter by trade, is one of the selected artists whose cart-in-progress was reviewed. “I chose to incorporate California poppies into my cart,” explains King. “Creating the oversize blooms with epoxy and PVC pipes has pushed me beyond my ‘comfort zone,’ opening some new possibilities for my artwork in the future!” The carts must be weather and vandal resistant for the quarry district public installation.

Silk painter Simmi Lall poses with her in-progress flower inspired mining cart. Photo credit Trisa Swerdlow

Ritu Atwal’s cart interpretation is inspired by the city of Rocklin emerging out of a foundation of Granite. Photo credit Trisa Swerdlow

Karen Feiling is transforming the granite chunks into a tree canopy that will reach down to the tree trunks she has built on each corner. Photo credit Trisa Swerdlow

Metal artist Scott Parenteau is rebuilding the fiberglass cart the city provided with a cart completely made of steel. It will have a big surprise when it is completed! Photo credit Trisa Swerdlow

Rebecca Martinez
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