[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | New Butterfly Sculpture Greets Central Park Visitors | 11-14-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
97°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
July 26
2002 - Hollywood premiere of Disney's "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon [story]


The City of Santa Clarita recently installed its newest art piece titled “The Western Tiger Swallowtail” by artist LT Mustardseed in front of Central Park.  The piece will remain a permanent fixture and is part of the Common Spaces: Art in Public Places campaign.

“The Western Tiger Swallowtail” is constructed entirely from steel recycled parts, with the body consisting of a motorcycle tank welded to an automotive spring and pipe to reinforce the overall piece.

“I love the contrast of fusing rugged metal to embody the fine beauty of nature’s plants, birds and insects,” states Mustardseed.   Custom “Yerba Santa flowers” made from steel extend up and include lavender, green and metallic highlights to represent a realistic look.  The sculpture is an artistic compliment to the area foliage and nearby park setting and is highly visible for all to see.

Earlier this year the City invited artists to submit concepts for an original outdoor piece of art that would appeal to the community and enhance the area’s aesthetic value through the request for proposal process.   Many innovated designs were submitted, but artist LT Mustardseed’s piece “The Western Tiger Swallowtail” was chosen for its originality and relation to Santa Clarita as it included the native Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly and plants indigenous to the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Santa Clarita strives to make all forms of art accessible to community members not only to enhance our environment, but inspire thought and conversation and add to our quality of life,” said Mayor Frank Ferry.  “Art is a vehicle for communication and expression, and ‘The Western Tiger Swallowtail’ sculpture is one of many we hope the community enjoys.”

Artist LT Mustardseed is a Los Angeles native and self-taught artist who creatively expresses herself though art.  At an early age, LT’s love of art grew and soon she was building 3D airplanes and forts from her grandfather’s scrap pile.  Her childhood influences stemmed from her father’s Mexican cowboy rodeos and car culture influences, and her mother’s southern pie making.  Her young adult years included joining the military and visiting more than 17 countries.  After years of active military duty, she landed in Manhattan and worked in an art gallery before returning home to Los Angeles.

“The Western Tiger Swallowtail” is part of the City of Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission’s efforts to provide residents of all ages with a variety of enriching art experiences through art in public spaces.  For more information about the City’s arts endeavors, please visit Common-Spaces.org.

For more information on “The Western Tiger Swallowtail” sculpture, contact Arts and Events Supervisor Jeff Barber at 661-250-3779.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LINKS
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Thursday, Jul 21, 2016
The new Gallery of Santa Clarita Artists' Association will hold its grand opening Aug. 18 starting at 5 p.m. A reception with wine and appetizers will be at 22508 6th St. in Newhall showcasing artists and their artwork. The reception is free to the public.
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016
Upcoming arts and events in and near the city of Santa Clarita.
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016
The second season of the animated show Star vs. The Forces of Evil premiered Monday, July 11, on Disney XD, and "Oh My Disney" presented a short video featuring the show’s creator and executive producer, Daron Nefcy (Film/Video BFA '09).
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016
On July 12, Margaret Wappler’s (Critical Studies MFA '04) debut novel "Neon Green" hit the shelves.
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016
Spend a delightful evening with Jerry Hall and Trick Shot when the OutWest Concert series continues at the Repertory East Playhouse on Thursday, July 28.
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
The College of the Canyons Astronomy and Physics Club has been hard at work all summer as the club prepares and tests a prototype platform designed to collect cosmic dust particles in the upper stratosphere aboard NASA’s High Altitude Student Platform, a scientific weather balloon.
COC Students Prep for NASA Weather Balloon Launch
The league office has officially announced the 2016 UWS All-West Team. The Santa Clarita Blue Heat (4-1-3) and Real Salt Lake Women (4-2-2) lead the way, with both teams highlighting the All-West First Team and individual honors.
Locals Grab Top Honors in Women’s Soccer
Mission Valley Bancorp announced Tuesday the company’s year to date net income of $1,603,000 for the period ended June 30, 2016 – the strongest 2nd quarter close in the history of the company.
Mission Valley Bank Posts 29% Jump in 2Q Profits
Recent drone activity has occurred over the fire in the Pacoima Reservoir Area. Sheriff Deputies are actively attempting to locate and stop this intrusion. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage.
Sand Fire Tuesday: 37,473 Acres, 25% Contained, Drones Interfering
Certain evacuations and road closures from the Sand Fire remain in effect Tuesday afternoon.
#SandFire Evacuations, Road Closures Still in Effect Tues. Afternoon
Coroner’s officials identified a man who died Friday night during the Sand Fire.
Sand Canyon Man Who Died in Fire Identified
"The force of the Sand fire has been demonic. May we never have to witness this display of horror ever again."
Hedren on Shambala’s Experience in #SandFire
Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, along with Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, submitted a letter Tuesday to Gov. Jerry Brown urging a State Declaration of Disaster in response to the recent Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Knight, Wilk, Lackey Request Disaster Declaration
A bill sponsored by the Board of Equalization to streamline and simplify refunds on tax liabilities is now signed by the governor and will become law Jan. 1, 2017.
New Law Eases Rules for Installment Taxpayers
Los Angeles County residents and businesses, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information, and other referral services.
County Proclaims State of Emergency; Dial 2-1-1
Looking at all of the different types of aircraft flying over the fire, we watch the ballet they perform, saving lives and property. Did you ever wonder about the things you're seeing?
Aerial Firefighting 101 | By Michael R. Mazzetti
Acting Gov. Tom Torlakson, California's Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued emergency proclamations Tuesday for Los Angeles and Monterey counties due to the effects of the Sand and Soberanes fires
Brown Etc. at DNC; Torlakson is Acting Gov.; Issues State of Emergency for #SandFire
Air quality will be unhealthy for all individuals in Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, and San Gabriel Mountains and for sensitive individuals in San Gabriel Valley today (Tuesday).
Air Quality Unhealthy for All in SCV, AV, San Gabriels
2002 - Hollywood premiere of Disney's "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon [story]
As of 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, residents in all evacuated areas are allowed to return home, with the exception of three areas.
Most Sand Fire Evacs Lifted; 3 Areas Still Under Evac Monday Night
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the Sand Fire continues to rage on. Plus, the Red Cross has set up evacuation centers for residents who needed to leave their homes due to the approaching fire. Check out these stories and more on SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, July 25, 2016
A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle near the Salvation Army on Sierra Highway when she tried to rescue her dog, which ran out into the street.
Woman Struck, Killed While Trying to Rescue Dog
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a grant requested by the California Office of Emergency Services to ensure the availability of resources to fight the Sand Fire and enable local and state agencies to recover eligible costs.
FEMA Agrees to Pay 75% of #SandFire-Fighting Costs
Sierra Bancorp recognized consolidated net income of $4.086 million for the second quarter of 2016, which represents a drop of 10% relative to net income in the second quarter of 2015.
Bank of the Sierra Parent Posts 10% Lower 2Q Profits
The county of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit to order Southern California Gas Co. to install sub-surface safety shut-off valves on every gas storage well and underground pipeline it operates in the County, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced Monday.
County Sues to Force SoCalGas to Install Safety Valves
The Santa Clarita Storm went into Saturday’s match looking for its first win of the summer after last week’s thrilling draw with Valley United.
Storm Loses Heartbreaker to New Glendale Club
Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. announce they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments.
Verizon Buying Yahoo for $4.83 Bil.
To address the growing problem of unmanned aircraft systems impeding wildland firefighting efforts, the U.S. Department of the Interior and industry partners activated a prototype warning system that provides real-time alerts and geofencing alarms to prevent drone pilots from interfering with firefighting operations.
Feds, Industry Testing No-Fly Alert System for Drone Operators
Netflix and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution announced their first global SVOD licensing agreement Monday. Netflix will be the exclusive global streaming home for FX’s hit, American Crime Story.
Netflix, Fox TV Ink First Global Deal
This week's events and activities from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
SCV Chamber This Week (7-25-2016)
Right now, 345 horses, 165 goats, 111 chickens, 33 pigs and many other animals including llama, mules, sheep, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, donkeys - even a Brahma bull - are under the watchful care of Los Angeles County staff, volunteers and mutual aid partners.
County Shelters Caring for 768 ‘Other’ #SandFire Evacuees
Updates on the Sand Fire for Monday, July 25, 2016.
Sand Fire Day 4: Evacs, Road Closures Continue
Due to the impact fire fighting resources have had on the campus of Golden Valley High School, all remaining summer school classes at the school will be moved to La Mesa Junior High beginning Tuesday morning, July 26.
GVHS Summer Classes Moved; More to Know from Hart District
Sergio Toscano of the Little Tujunga Hotshots was fighting a fire in San Diego County when his home on Bear Divide went up in the #SandFire.
Fundraising Page for Firefighter Who Lost Home in #SandFire
According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality will be unhealthy for all individuals in Santa Clarita Valley and for sensitive individuals in San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel Mountains today. The Sand Fire smoke advisory issued July 23 is still in effect.
Air Quality Unhealthy for Everybody in SCV
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas L. Godinez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. He graduated in 2011 from Saugus High School and earned an associate degree in 2014 from College of the Canyons in Valencia.
Godinez, Saugus & COC Grad, Completes Air Force Basic Training
At tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will be requesting a State of Emergency for the county and asking the governor to declare a State of Emergency, which will help get more resources.
Knight: Antonovich to Seek Emergency Declaration
If you’ve read the headlines over the past few months, you’ve probably heard about the Zika virus. You might wonder how serious the virus is and what steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family.
How You Can Prevent Zika Virus
1915 - Pioneer Juan Batista Suraco buried in a family graveyard, currently unmarked, in Bouquet Canyon near Benz Road [story]
After the wind carried the Sand Fire south into the Magic Mountain wilderness Friday, the wind shifted and blew the fire back into the Santa Clarita Valley. Firefighters waged war on several fronts over the weekend as the flames assaulted Placerita and Sand canyons, Agua Dulce and Acton. One person was found dead in Sand Canyon, and 18 structures were reported lost. The latter figure will rise when Sunday's house fires are tabulated. The Placerita Nature Center and Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve made a narrow escape; less fortunate was Sable Ranch, which lost its Western movie town.
Sunday: 33,117-acre Sand Fire Blows Back Into Placerita, Sand, Agua Dulce, Acton
The Tarahumara are known around the world as amazing, legendary runners. Since 1992, they have been running from Alaska to Panama where they meet up with another group running from the tip of South America up to Panama. I was lucky enough to see them arrive last week when they passed for the first time through the Santa Clarita Valley.
Legendary Runners | Commentary by Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel