Will Rogers Monument"August 10, 2017, San Bernardino, California Theatre. Photo: Ed Fuentes
Field Note: As the sun's light was hitting the golden hour I was near one of my favorite pieces, "Will Rogers Monument" (1998-1999) by Kent Twitchell. It is made of two portraitures; the east side shows Rogers in his performance years: the image of a cowboy looking back with wise eyes. On the west side Twitchell captured Rogers’ mischief as a political commentator. He has been quoted to have said "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat" and "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you." Imagine the witticisms from Rogers that would inspired by today’s political climate.
I found out details about the mural itself for a 2012 post at KCET:
The two murals, titled "Will Rogers Monument," were profiled in the San Bernardino Sun and stated that not only did the humorist make several appearances in the inland region, his last live performance was at the California Theatre was June 28, 1935. Rogers and his friend, aviator Wiley Post, died six weeks later when their plane crashed in Alaska.
"Will Rogers Monument" is on two sides of the California Theatre, located at 562 West 4th Street, in San Bernardino, California.
"Slidin' Through A" and "Slidin' Through B" (2016) during opening night of “2016-2017 CSN Art & Art History Faculty Exhibition” at College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery.
"Double Negative" by Michael Heizer Resti/Flikcr
FIELD NOTES: KNPR's State of Nevada speaks with Dana Goodyear about "The Earth Mover: Michael Heizer's vast desert sculpture nearly killed him. Now it's nearly complete," her elegant profile on Land Artist Michael Heizer for the August 29 issue of New Yorker magazine. In the interview Goodyear reminds us that Heizer's dedication to "City" and other works has not been child's play in the desert. "As strong as his relationships were, they weree often sacrificed to the sculpture itself." The writer spoke to Heizer when he was in New York and has been at "City" twice.
"Michael Heizer, The Earth Mover" KNPR State Of Nevada
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.