Santa Cruz Celebrates the San Lorenzo River with Art Parade

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Ann Altstatt and Joshua Muir's trompe l'oeil scuptural installation "River Ghosts" depicts various elements from the river's past, including fishing grizzlies, pre-colonial canoers, and the orchard windbreak of the old Riverside Hotel
Ann Altstatt and Joshua Muir‘s trompe l’oeil scuptural installation “River Ghosts” depicts various elements from the river’s past, including fishing grizzlies, pre-colonial canoers, and the orchard windbreak of the old Riverside Hotel

The Ebb & Flow River Arts Project, an initiative of the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, aims to build our local arts community in the context of further engaging the people of Santa Cruz with the San Lorenzo River. The project funded sculptural installations by local artists along the levee ‘Riverwalk’, and culminated in a Kinetic Sculpture Parade along the river from the basketball arena to the Tannery.

This colorful and light-hearted event drew together several hundred people to enjoy a tranquil Saturday noontime on the river and the creativity of several dozens of their kinetic fellows. The paraders featured a variety of eccentric bicycle remixes, outlandish costumes, and a healthy contingent of papier-maché toting, conservation-minded youth.



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Above three: A “Save Our River” youth brigade
Cabrillo College students and their "Larry the Lamprey"
Cabrillo College students and their “Larry the Lamprey” highlight a lesser appreciated creature of the watershed
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Kyle Lane-McKinley pedals a mobile camera obscura/story recording unit for his work (with Chelsea Wills)
Kyle Lane-McKinley pedals a mobile camera obscura/story recording unit for his work (with Chelsea Wills) “A Field Guide to Bottlenecks”
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Sandino Gomez (Museum of Art and History) and youth displaying wildlife banners
Seabird float
Seabird float
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Bubble blowing sunfish float
Drummers of Bateria Samba Cruz set the beat
Drummers of Bateria Samba Cruz set the beat
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Flying fish faeries
Flying fish faeries
The amphibious bicycle
The amphibious bicycle
Debora Wade of the Santa Cruz Pedicab Company
Karsten Wade of the Santa Cruz Pedicab Company
(L) Debora Wade and (R) Karsten Wade of the Santa Cruz Pedicab Company
S2C "Litter's Bad for Critters" Float
S2C Clean Machine youth float bearing slogans “Litter’s Bad for Critters” and “We’re a Revolution Against Pollution”
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Above: The costumed characters of the River Quest Living Treasure Hunt. Right: The frog man.

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Luke Wilson and his two-wheeled, self-righting "Dragon Egg" nest
Luke Wilson and his two-wheeled, self-righting “Dragon Egg” nest
Flowing like the river
Flowing like the river
Cycling shark family
Cycling shark family
Tall bike Tawn and Monarch Mira
Tall bike Tawn and Monarch Mira
The fish bike
The fish bike
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Doug Ross receives visitors at the Tannery with a hands-on screenprinting demo, featuring his logo design for the Ebb & Flow arts initiative
Doug Ross receives visitors at the Tannery with a hands-on screenprinting demo, featuring his logo design for the Ebb & Flow arts initiative
Giant salmon puppet recalls a time when salmonids were abundant in this watershed
Giant salmon puppet recalls a time when salmonids were abundant in this watershed
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