Wind, Water, Waves & Sand- Kaleidoscope Cruisers of Capitola
41st Ave. Streetscape Public Art Project. Capitola, CA

materials: stainless steel, creushed glass, lexan, silicone
commissioned by: City of Capitola. 2014
consultants: Point 2 Structural Engineers.
consultants: The Mountain Forge, Inc.
consultants: Ayers Tech, LLC. Waterjet and Machining
city's consultants: Lynn Rogers, City of San Jose Public Art Program | Office of Cultural Affairs. Consulting Project Manager for Capitola 41st Avenue Public Art Project
photo credit: Troy Corliss

The 41st Ave. Streetscape Project is comprised of four thematic groupings of sculpture, located along the median strips on 41st Ave, from Gross Street (near the Hwy 1 overpass) to Brommer Street (near the RxR tracks), serving as the City’s primary commercial corridor. Each of the sculptural vignettes references life on the water and playfully captures the viewers gaze during their “drive by” experience on this busy portion of 41st Ave. The first is a grouping of board sail’s, followed by a schooner sail located in two medians near Gross Road, then several kayaks flowing through the trees in front of the Capitola Mall, followed by a grouping of surfboards in front of the Fairfield Inn at the median south of Brommer and Jade St. The sculptures number 15 in total among all four medians. Each sculpture features multi-colored crushed glass panels that are assembled using a method of construction known as “Endomosaic”. This innovative technique was developed and named by the by Big Sur artist Emile Norman in the 1950’s.

The artist, Troy Corliss from Truckee Ca. was selected through an open competition held by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission. His design was chosen from a pool of five finalists based on his original concept, interpretation of the site as well as the desires of the community. The 41st Avenue Public Art Project is the largest Public Art project to date in the City of Capitola.