The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 12, at 5:45 p.m. at the corner of National Park Drive and 29 Palms Highway, to celebrate the newly installed monument sign and artwork on the National Park Drive median.
The brief ceremony will be held prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, which is expected to begin shortly after 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, when council members arrive back in Council Chambers from the site.
Acclaimed artist Ricardo Breceda of Temecula is expected to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony. Breceda, whose life-size metal sculptures in Borrego Springs have brought world-wide attention to that desert community, was commissioned to bring his artwork to Twentynine Palms for this project.
His artwork now adorns the new monument sign and the median in the form of five metal sculptures of big horn sheep. Four of the pieces, the ram atop the sign and the family on the ground, are currently shiny steel, which will eventually weather and rust to match the fifth piece, the large rust-colored ram that stands further up the median.
The visitor-friendly sign was designed to provide easily identifiable directions to the main road leading to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center, as well as directions to three local attractions, the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, the Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the historic 29 Palms Inn.
The City of Twentynine Palms Community Services Department and the Public Arts Advisory Committee worked together to design and implement the project. The Brandt Group of Newport Beach acted as contractor for the building and installation of the sign. Additional landscaping and night lighting are expected to be completed by March 12.
For more information about the ribbon cutting or the City Council meeting, contact City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, (760) 367-6799, or visit www.29palms.org.