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A public sculpture created by a UCSB alum illuminates Santa Barbara's waterfront

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 26, 2020

The temporary public sculpture, called "Camouflage House," is an installation by internationally acclaimed artist and UCSB alumnus Tom Fruin.

The sculpture will be debuted at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park on June 30. The piece is meant to offer a communal opportunity for reflection and meditation.

"Camouflage House" is forged with a kaleidoscopic pattern of welded steel, salvaged signage, and reclaimed acrylic scraps. A downloadable coloring page of the sculpture will be available for community members to engage with the sculpture from home at this website.

"The House sculpture can be seen as a place of refuge and a stand in for our hope moving forward. Its shape is a generalization of a home while its dramatic coloration is the opposite of Camouflage - it is an act of standing out with warmth and brilliance," states Fruin.

Fruin's iconic works have been sited worldwide, and his Watertower sculpture series spans the country, with permanent installations in Brooklyn, New York and Oakland, California. "As a California native with UCSB as my alma mater, I feel lucky this work can stand in Santa Barbara; a place I know so well," said Fruin. "I hope this sculpture can be experienced in a way that allows for personal reflection and growth."

Following Camouflage House's initial installation at Arroyo Burro Beach, the work will travel to Elings Park for public viewing. This project is supported by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission in partnership with the County Community Services Department's Office of Arts and Culture and Parks divisions.