Sunday 26 January 2020
Painted Staircase Art, Artist: Unknown, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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A picture of an actual bear appeared to be chasing the cartoon bear named Yogi who ran away while carrying a picnic basket. A tiger striped creature, perhaps a hyena or a dog, stood next to a small pile of human skulls. That creature was painted on the underneath of the stairs that led up into the parking structure that surrounded the Davis Regal Theater. A mythic creature pursued a bug on the bottom of a staircase at the parking structure that surrounded the Davis Regal Theater. A parade of bats and bugs carried flowers up the edge of stairs that led up into the parking structure that surrounded the Davis Regal Theater in Davis, California. View all

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Saturday 25 January 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Back Yard, Eugene, Oregon, Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there. One of my backyard favorites is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I've only seen the "crown" once. A sunny day, a few weeks ago, there were a lot of birds at the feeders and this littlest of all displayed his displeasure. I doubt any of the others even noticed. A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. Mr. Townsend is what we call him. This bright and cheery bird in the midst of gray winter. I look forward to seeing him each morning. View all

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Saturday 25 January 2020
Cut Bronze Art, Artist: Unknown, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The leftmost panel featured several flowers and only one bush. Like the panel to its right, it too was dirtied with mud streaks (which begs the question: should the photographer clean the art before photographing it?). The second from the Leftmost panel had two bushes cut into its face. Along its lower face, dirty hand prints and streaks of mud marred the surface of the art. The panel at the rightmost end showed flowers and bushes etched into the face of the bronze. The white dots between some of the cuts could either be embedded dirt or LEDs. View all

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Friday 24 January 2020
"California Republic" Bench, Artist: Wes Horn, Sponsored by: Lucas and Stacy Prerichs, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Davis Regal Holiday Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The bear standing atop the bench was here shown in a closer shot that illustrated its red tongue created using a single red tile. The bear on the California flag was embossed on the bench's surface and stood straight up. Its rough outline and body color were created from mosaic tiles. The "California Republic" lay across the street and to the right of the entrance to the Davis Regal Theater, and to the left of the garage entrance. It was an abstract replica of the California State flag. The state name was created from sans-serif black tiles embedded into the surface of the bench. A closer view of the star showing its red tiles and its red grout. View all

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Thursday 23 January 2020
"Sleeping Sophie" Mosaic Bench 2015, Artist: Jean Van Keuren, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The bench was missing a corner tile on its front facing face. Notice how the design of the tiles almost match that of an actual giraffe's body. The top of the giraffe's head was embossed out from the side of the bench. With its eyes closed, it actually did appear to be sleeping. The "Sleeping Sophie" bench as it appeared from across F Street. It almost looked like a giraffe asleep on a giraffe patterned bench. The "Sleeping Sophie" bench appeared as if the the body of the giraffe was formed into a box shape. Notice the giraffe's tail on the left end of the bench. View all

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Wednesday 22 January 2020
"Hot Air Ballooning while Cloud Watching" Bench, Artist: Civil Right Activist & Mother (1929-1966), Created by: Mark Rivers, Interactive Transmedia_Sculpture, Sponsored by: The Cheney Family, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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The sides of the bench were covered in hot air balloons interspersed with clouds formed into recognizable shapes. The entrance to the Davis Regal Theater lay just beyond the bench. In addition to hot air balloons and clouds, a dramatic sky with low fog formed the upper background. And rolling green hills formed the lower background. A closer view of the other short end of the "Hot Air Ballooning While Cloud Watching" bench with its star cloud to the right of the photograph, and its insect cloud to the left. The top of the bench was decorated with stars and swirling blue orbs. View all

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Tuesday 21 January 2020
"Magic Carpet" Bench, Artist: Donna Billick, And: The Community, Sponsored by: The John Natsoulas Gallery, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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A closer shot of the fringe of the "Magic Carpet" was composed of long thin white ceramic tiles. Notice how some overlaid others which made it appear more real from a distance. The designs, "woven" in to the surface of the mosaic carpet, were abstract, dramatic, and lovely. Someone had augmented the sculpture by leaving a roll of packing tape and a pair of scissors on top of the "Magic Carpet" as if ready to fly off to the UPS store. A sign on the foot of the carpet read: Magic Carpet Interactive Transmedia Sculpture Created by Donna Billick and The Community Sponsored by The John Natsoulas Gallery www.bulatag.com Powered by XtremeSignPost View all

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Monday 20 January 2020
"Dog Day Bench", Artist: René Martucci, Interactive Transmedia Sculpture, Sponsored by: Rochelle Swanson, Powered by: XtremeSignPost, Outside Davis Regal Theater, 101 F Street, Davis, California

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A view of the back of the bench with parking on F Street visible just beyond the sidewalk. A ceramic mosaic art bench called, "Dog Day Bench." This bench was located in front of the Davis Regal Theater at 101 F Street. A closer view of the standing dog (adult dog) on the long face of the bench. Note that the dark blue rectangles resembled distant hills. A closer view of the sitting dog (a puppy) on the short face of the bench. Notice the yellow rectangles that, from a distance, resembled flowers. View all

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Sunday 19 January 2020
Male Townsend's Warbler, Back Yard, Eugene, Oregon, From Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there. A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. Mr. Townsend is what we call him. This bright and cheery bird in the midst of gray winter. I look forward to seeing him each morning. One of my backyard favorites is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I've only seen the "crown" once. A sunny day, a few weeks ago, there were a lot of birds at the feeders and this littlest of all displayed his displeasure. I doubt any of the others even noticed. View all

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Sunday 19 January 2020
"The Joggers" Sculpture 1986, Artist: Anthony Natsoulas, An America Born Artist, F Street and 3rd Street, Davis, California

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A closer look at the woman's face as "The Joggers" passed each other. Notice she is pointing away from the garden as if telling the man to turn and follow her. The sculpture featured two joggers passing each other while running in opposite directions. As they passed, they looked at, and smiled at, each other. A small bronze sign was embedded in the bricks. Because of the sign's location, it usually remained dirty. The sign read, "The Joggers, Anthony Natsoulas, Commissioned by the City Of Davis, Art In Public Places Program -- 1986 The man looked at the woman as they passed each other. Here is a closer view of the man's face. View all

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Saturday 18 January 2020
"Roy" Sculpture, Artist: John Natsoulas, With: Others, Outside John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St, Davis, California

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The art entitled "Roy" was a huge dog sculpture on the corner of the street in front of John Natsoulas Gallery. Just beyond the dog was the "Calico Cat" sculpture. The body of the "Roy" dog sculpture was composed of thousands of round disks. The swirls of color that surrounded the disks was composed of pieces of colored trash plastic. The body and head of the "Roy" sculpture was made of reclaimed trash. Other sections of the "Roy" dog sculpture's body were covered in metal and foil scraps. A few exposed gaps revealed an underlying wood. View all

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Friday 17 January 2020
Female Townsend's Warbler, Back Yard, Eugene, Oregon, From Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor. One of my backyard favorites is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I've only seen the "crown" once. A sunny day, a few weeks ago, there were a lot of birds at the feeders and this littlest of all displayed his displeasure. I doubt any of the others even noticed. Mr. Townsend is what we call him. This bright and cheery bird in the midst of gray winter. I look forward to seeing him each morning. A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there. View all

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Friday 17 January 2020
"Calico Cat" Sculpture, Artist: John Natsoulas, With: Others, Outside John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St, Davis, California

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The "Calico Cat" sculpture stood inside a decorative wall. The wall's design was created through a mosaic of small tiles. The face of the "Calico Cat" sculpture captured in a closer view. Notice its huge stiff whiskers and its wicked eye. The cat, just like the fence, was decorated in a mosaic of small tiles. The rear end of the "Calico Cat" sculpture almost touched the windows of the building in front of which it stood. The front porch of the building laid in shade under the body of the "Calico Cat" sculpture. Note the perpetually shaded bench. View all

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Thursday 16 January 2020
Utility Box Art, Artist: Anthony Padilla, An American Artist, Outside John Natsoulas Gallery, 531 1st Street, Davis, California

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When viewed from the sidewalk side, another bee appeared as a yellow silhouette against a black background. The side of the box facing the sidewalk showed a large pink/orange flower growing out of concrete. A bee was drawn on the side of a utility box across the street and in front of John Natsoulas Gallery. The 1st Street facing side of the box also showed a flower growing against a blue cloudy sky. The artist's signature was a blue smiley faced star over the website www.kinetikideas.com . The side with a bee hovering over the artist's signature. Notice the honeycomb design below and behind the bee. View all

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