August 26, 2009
There are many beautiful works of art in plain sight around Fresno. Caught up in our busy lives, most of us simply drive by and pay little attention. It is sad to think that thousands of Fresnan’s have probably never seen—or paused to enjoy—the beautiful sculptures along the Fulton Mall, for instance. I know that there are many who do not venture downtown, since Fresno has developed so many fresh new businesses in the north end of the city. However, the ongoing revitalization efforts in the true heart of the city make it well worth the short drive. Wear your walking shoes and plan to spend some time.
Between Tuolumne and Inyo Streets, you will discover works in bronze, granite, clay, brass, wood, fiberglass, aluminum, copper, and Venetian glass. There is also a mosaic wall just south of Clement Renzi’s “The Visit.” Renzi’s bronze ladies converse and attract would-be eavesdroppers at the north end of the mall. I have even posed with my sisters for a photo in front of “The Visit,” as have countless others. I used to work in the Trade Center and could see the sculpture from my sixth-floor office. I can attest that on a nearly daily basis, I would see people using this sculpture as their photo backdrop.
Another favorite is the brass water fountain entitled “Aquarius Ovoid” by George Tsutakawa. Then there is the treasure, “La Grand Laveuse,” by Pierre Auguste Renoir. There were only six bronzes cast of this “washer woman.”
"La Grand Laveuse" a bronze by Pierre Auguste Renoir"
The most prominent public art on the Fulton Mall is probably the “Clock Tower” by Jan de Swart. The laminated wood and fiberglass structure rises 60 feet above the Fulton Mall at Mariposa Mall.
I have mentioned but a few of the works on Fulton Mall. Click here for photos and descriptions of Downtown artwork that you can print as a guide for your walk.