Local Artists Featured in New Downtown Kites Exhibit
The City of Vista’s eleventh exhibit of “Kites Over Vista,” has been installed in the city’s downtown area. The six sculptures are on display through May, 2020. The “Kites Over Vista” program is a vibrant temporary art series showcasing sculptures in public areas of downtown Vista. By exhibiting a variety of unique original artwork, the City’s goal is to engage and educate the public about the Vista’s Public Art program and the selected artists; as well as provide a venue for artists to promote their artwork.
Eleven Kite models were submitted by eight artists and the six sculptures were selected by the City of Vista’s Public Arts Commission. Once selected, the “Kite” artwork remains the property of the artist and may be sold upon completion of the display period.
2019 Kite Sculpture Title, Artist & City of Residence
- Carnival by Rick Randall of Vista
- Love Wind Sail by Corwin Jones of Vista
- Mandella Umbrella by John Meyer of Temecula
- Peace Arrow by Alex Gall of Vista
- We Soar We See by Moses Muturi of San Diego
- Where is the Present by Nico Meyer of San Diego
These six Kite sculptures are in addition to the 83 Kites currently on display throughout Vista. Each year, the Public Arts Commission selects new kite sculptures to be featured in the Kites Over Vista public exhibit in the downtown area. In May, 2008, the City of Vista launched Kites Over Vista, a public exhibit of large-scale sculptures that either “resemble kites” or have wind motion in them. The program offers local artists a unique opportunity to showcase original sculptural work in downtown Vista temporarily; and at the same time, the public art beautifies the downtown and enhances the quality of life for Vista residents. Since 2008, 86 kites have been displayed through the program. Over fifteen have become permanent fixtures in Vista, after being purchased and donated to either the city or the Vista Unified School District or to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens.
Images, a brief description and the location of the Kite sculpture are available online at VistaPublicArt.com.
Recreation & Community Services Department
Ashely Adair, Public Arts Commission Staff Liaison
Carnival by Randall Art Ranch, Vista