Tom is fortunate to work with exhibit designer Leslie Stone & Associates of Sausalito, who in turn works with the landscape architecture firm Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey on Legacy Park in Malibu. It’s a joint project of Malibu’s city council, residents, non-profit groups, generous donors and the local water agency.
The park will feature Leslie’s interpretive nodes and a number of large scale sculptures that Tom got to visualize in drawings like this one. The idea is to create anatomically correct but large scale animals appropriate to the five coastal habitats featured in the park. Local artists will add mosaic treatments using colors and materials representative of Malibu’s particular art and craft heritage – for a stunning added dimension.
Tom made the jackrabbit above as a small test piece. It looks good but would be tough to engineer safely. There is also a coyote (and a snake, and an owl…) which is posed to avoid “voids” to make the job of armature building simpler and the final sculpture more appropriate to a public environment.
The project is a wonderful example of cooperative teamwork that will result in a singular impact.