"The Keeper" Sculpture 2008, Artist: Jeff Downing, Collection of Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, California

Tall Sculpture
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The ceramic piece by Jeff Downing called, "The Keeper," stood in front of the Pence Gallery at 212 D Street, Davis, California. It depicted a giraffe neck and head with stairs and yellow posts at its base.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:34:18 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5417
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The Sign
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A small metal sign at the base of the sculpture described it. That sign read:

Jeff Downing
The Keeper
Stoneware, 2008
Collection of Pence Gallery Association
Purchased with donations from Professor Andy
and Wendy Huang. In Honor of Frank Sterling
and Grant Watson, with Contributions by Nancy
Roe and Forty Members.
-Please Do Not Touch-


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:34:36 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5418
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Yellow Metal Post
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Next to the base of, and part of, the sculpture rose a yellow metal post. It was shaped and painted to resemble a real metal post complete with rivets and rusted metal bands.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:34:45 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5419
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Actual Ball
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An actual ball (not part of the sculpture) was balanced on one of the shallow steps that led up the base of the sculpture.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:34:48 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5420
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Float Gauge
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A yellow float gauge was nestled against the neck of the sculpture. It was made to resemble a float gauge, but the metal stick it was mounted on did not pass through the float.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:34:53 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5421
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Dog-Like Head
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The head of the giraffe-like sculpture was shaped more like a dog's head.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:34:57 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5422
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Closer Steps
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A closer view of the shallow steps that led up the base of the sculpture.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:35:08 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5423
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Ball and Metal Strap
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The ball set on the top step rested next to a metal strap holding a piece of wood in place. A mini-scene created from ceramic.


"The Keeper" Sculpture external link 2008   •  Artist: Jeff Downing external link   •  Collection of Pence Gallery external link   •  212 D Street external link   •  Davis, California external link   •  Nikon D300s Camera, f/2.8 35-70 Nikon Lens external link   •  (Date Photographed: 13:35:10 Friday 18 October 2019)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 7 May 2020)   •  © 2020 Bryan Costales external link Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C19_5424
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