Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 251: More Capitol Box Art

With all of the rain this week, I ended up taking the light rail to work most days.  One morning, when the train was approaching the station at 8th & Capitol, I was looking out the window and noticed the Capitol Box Art project on the corner of 8th & N Streets:

This piece, entitled "Supremely High Octane," is by Donald Satterlee. Here is his artist statement from the Capitol Box Art project web site:

A photo of a weathered old gas pump triggered the inspiration to create this piece entitled Supremely High Octane for the Utility Box Project. The piece incorporates 5 images taken around Northern California.  The pumps were taken at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley and in Broderick. The riveted sides are images of the huge train engine parked behind the California Auto Museum. An abandoned fire truck in Williams provided the gauges and an image from the Folsom Powerhouse Museum provided the blue pipes. All the elements were composited using Photoshop, after which, layers of texture were added to create the aging patina.

What struck me most about this piece is that the view from the light rail is the side with the gas pump, which is such a lovely and almost ironic counterpoint that pits driving vs. public transportation and emphasizes the fact that light rail riders likely don't have to worry quite so much about the availability and cost of gas compared to those who commute by car.


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