Phoebe Palmer’s Sculpture at Golden Gate Park

A new children’s playground is soon to be created at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, with sculptures created by two Central Coast artists. The park will be filled with mystical, magical, imaginative creatures.

One of the large sculptures was done by Phoebe Palmer, and artist who has built her reputation on various types of art, all of which are fun and incredibly unusual. Generally, Palmer works with oils, pastels and paintings. Her newest creation speaks directly to children, and is the first time her art will be displayed in a public area. It is made of ferro-cement and tile, and weighs nearly a ton. Analysts from the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department estimate that the creature cost nearly $10,000.
The sculpture will be displayed in such a way that it seems to be emerging from a sea of sand near the park’s historic carousel.

On Hiring Phoebe

“Hiring Phoebe was largely intuitive, but I also visited their place, built out of shipwrecks on the edge of a cliff near Ragged Point. After meeting Palmer and her amazing blacksmith-artist husband Peter Fels, I knew right away there was a team there,” said park designer Scott Peterson. “Public art will be tested, especially in a playground, so it needs to be real, and what’s needed is authenticity. It seemed to me that Phoebe and Peter were bohemian in an older sense of the word that is steeped in integrity and a certain sensibility that was just right for the giant sea-ell serpent dragon beast…. The result is a beast that is sublime, but that any age child will love and incorporate in to their childhood experience.”

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