Saturday, February 25, 2012

Art in Anaheim: Sculpture Finally Gets Some Love

A splashy comeback for artist John Edward Svenson's sculpture.

Last summer I wrote about the "Child on a Dolphin" sculpture in front of Anaheim's Chase Bank. Back then, the bronze sculpture, which had originally decorated the bank's fountain since 1970, was sadly in need of some love. Dead plants and litter filled the basin, and generally things weren't looking too great at the corner of Harbor Blvd and Lincoln Ave.

Well, as you can see in the photo above, things have changed. Chase Bank cleaned out the basin, installed a watering system, and planted fresh flowers all around. Not only do the boy and his trio of dolphins look happier, the entire intersection feels classier. I applaud Chase Bank for finally taking pride in their property and the neighborhood, and giving a piece of public art the respect it deserves. Three cheers for Chase!

The sad situation back in August 2011.

Keeping our neighborhoods nice and beautiful begins with all of us. Pick up litter whenever you see it and throw it away. You've got two hands and it only takes a second, so get yourself into the habit. It doesn't matter if you weren't the person who dropped the litter in the first place - be the wonderful person who makes it go away. I'll admit that before I took the photo at the top of this post, I had to pick a Starbucks cup and a Fritos bag out of the flowers. Yes, I grumbled about it for a second, but then the trash was gone and I felt great. Remember, ugliness breeds more ugliness, and by making an effort you can make a big difference in your neighborhood.


Joshua Bell said...

Completely unrelated to the post topic (apologies) but a question that's been stuck in my mind for several months now.

Are you (and/or Jody) responsible for the Tiki Room Drummer, minus drum, plus tail, on the roof of Disneyland's "Tropical Imports"?

It looks like a recent addition; Flickr photos show it appearing at least as far back as 2008. Given the replica run in 2006 (*shakes fist at being ignorant of it*) I wonder if you might have produced a few extra for the park.

thepicklebarrel said...

here, here!!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nice, do you think that your blog post might have actually been the thing that inspired somebody to make the fountain a thing of beauty once more?

suz said...

Just found your post. Like the after photo and it does look wonderful. After seeing it cleaned up surely the owners will see the advantage not only to their property but to the entire neighborhood as well. And wouldn't it be great if others also decided to add art to their areas as well. Thank you for sharing.

Charla said...

Thanks for sharing your concern. I agree that it only takes each of a second to pick up a piece of trash and put it where it belongs. If everyone did that, the world could be a beautiful place (and people would be too embarassed to litter in the first place).