Kinetic Art Piece WEST Unveiled at Mill St. Pier
A colorful, kinetic public art piece called “WEST” was unveiled at the end of the recently refurbished Mill Street Pier in West Sacramento’s Bridge District Monday evening, October 29, 2018. WEST was created and fabricated by artist Janet Zweig. It features hollow letters, four feet tall, which rotate and light up at night, creating an amazing spectacle that can been seen from across the river in Sacramento and from travelers on highway 50 crossing overhead.
A crowd of art lovers, Bridge District residents, and city staff joined West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in a festive gathering that also celebrated the opening of Drake’s restaurant and beer garden at The BARN just steps up the River Walk trail from the pier.
MayorCabaldon said, “The Sacramento River has been a defining feature of our city’s history and identity. We are thrilled to have this monumental work by nationally renowned artist, Janet Zweig, that celebrates the city’s location on the river and enhances awareness of the river’s natural environment. West Sacramento will continue to integrate new dynamic public art in our new riverfront mixed use developments in the coming year.”
Zweig describes WEST as an artwork about orientation that was made for the residents of, and visitors to, West Sacramento. The word WEST is oriented toward West Sacramento, though it sometimes turns 90 degrees to greet downtown Sacramento. The turning word plays with the cardinal directions of the compass and with the idea of the West as a place of promise. 250 steel bands cover the many old pilings surrounding the pier to show the always changing height of the river.
Funding for the WEST installation was provided by state grants and the Bridge District Property Owners.