The City Council approved the recommendation of the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission to install a new art sculpture at the northeast corner of Panorama Park. Entitled, “Passages,” the art sculpture created by Steve “Shig” Shigley honors the sacrifices of law enforcement and first responders. It represents life “passages” that everyone experiences.
The sculpture is made of tubular steel and will be placed on a concrete base. Cost of the sculpture, foundation, and placement is expected to be less than $16,000 and is paid for by the Art in Public Places Fund, a fund generated by developer fees and not at taxpayers’ expense. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“Shig” is a self-taught, emerging artist who is best known for his highly regarded Joshua Tree sculptures. An accomplished metal worker/ fabricator whose work ranges from table top sculpture, metal wall art, custom furniture to large scale public art. His career includes being accepted to attend the artist in residency program at the Chateau D’ Orquevaux in Paris, France, Second Place award in 2018 Palm Springs Juried Art Show (Bold and Bright), and commissioned to create numerous large scale public sculptures, including what is believed to be the world’s largest freestanding steel Tesseract for the 2018 and 2019 Bombay Beach Biennale.