Arpeggio V, created by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Beasley for Palo Alto, is an arch-like granite form that makes a beautiful gateway to the Mitchell Park community center and library. While the sculpture does not move, the interaction between the basic shapes implies motion. The piece resonates with the programming of Palo Alto's diverse community and the varied activities taking place at the new facility. The granite from the sculpture is echoed in the architecture and landscaping throughout the complex.
Internationally regarded sculptor Bruce Beasley has maintained a singular focus on the pursuit of pure, essential form for over fifty years. Beasley has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, and realized commissions for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai World Expo, the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the City of Oakland, the City of Monterrey, Mexico; and the Universities of Miami and Oregon, among others. His works can be found in permanent collections of many major museum collections in the U.S. and aboard, including SF MoMA, Oakland Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.
“I like to take shapes that alone don't carry any emotional feeling, but by their intersecting of each other, start to talk to us emotionally...I think of them like chords in music.” Bruce Beasley
In 1968 Bruce Beasley won the first public art commission within the State of California to create a monumental sculpture made of cast acrylic. Apolymon would become the largest acrylic casting ever made as well as the largest transparent object in the world. To fabricate a 13-foot-wide and 4-foot-thick transparent sculpture, Beasley cured acrylic in a massive heated chamber called an autoclave. This innovative approach allowed the artist to understand the process and, ultimately, cast acrylic of any thickness. After Beasley installed Apolymon in Sacramento in 1970, he was approached by oceanographic engineers who asked him to cast an all-transparent bathysphere. To date the bathysphere continues to be used by scientists in gathering important deep-sea data.