Santa Cruz-based artist Fred Hunnicutt's unique work takes the shape of a face emerging from a flat plane. Referencing a technique used in drawing, Hunnicutt made “cross contours” with stainless steel rods to create a form that appears at times both two- and three-dimensional. The 9-foot-tall portrait is like a large yet subtle drawing in the air, using the negative space between metal bars. The face seems to watch the activity on Cal Ave with an inquisitive expression, not merely staring into space.
Fred Anson Hunnicutt (1939 – 2017) was a professor of art at University of California, Santa Cruz as well as at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was also a lecturer in sculpture at Hornsey College of Art (London), and Royal College of Art (London) from 1966 - 1968. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas and his M.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute. His work can be seen in many Bay Area cities, including another sculpture using an abstracted human form called Push, located in Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park.
This sculpture’s name was originally supposed to be Metalmorphosis, but it became affectionately known as a “Jungle Jane” when someone referred to it as such during a Palo Alto Visual Arts Committee (now known as the Public Art Commission) meeting.