How many people know Sacramento in California? Many know San Francisco and Los Angeles, and even perhaps San Diego. Far fewer know Sacramento. What a great city. I think it could do with some more public sculpture though...

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Sacramento is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Two hours up from the the neck of the delta that flows under the Golden Gate Bridge, Sacramento has a bridge of gold, the state capitol buildings, and more trees per capita than any other city in the USA, and worldwide, second only to Paris. The Sacramento beautification project hopes to enhance this beauty by placing figurines throughout the city, and various sculptures celebrating its best citizens.

The first, now in process, is a statue of Kevin Johnson, city mayor. He was born in one of the poorest city districts in the USA. Unlike others, he returned to the city where he was born to serve the people and help the community where he was born. He attained national fame plaing professional basketball. He was a real powerhorse in the court, they say, but I don't really know much about basketball. Look at this though. Now he wears a suit and runs a city...

So we started to investigate making a statue in the poor district where he was born. First we asked in the city planning office.

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City Plannning thought we should make a billboard poster instead. So I contacted the mayor's office. As well as being such a lion on the court, Mayor Johnson is a very devout man, and I was concerned he'd be shy about a statue of himself. Instead, I discovered plans afoot to build a new pro basketball stadium in Sacramento. So a statue of him would be suitable, and at least the Public Relations office is interested now, but he was busy with elections when I could work on it, and now I'm on taken up on another projet...

There are a few statues in West Sacramento by the community college of some young men playhing baseball, so I drafted something similar. But I'm not quite sure where to go with it next. I need inspiration...

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Would you like to contribute to the beautification project?

Proposals for new figurines are welcome. Software for statue creation is available at Yofiel, and the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services in Oak Park. For more information, please contact us.