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UK Artist Brings Bright Idea To Sacramento Waterfront

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — One of Sacramento's most popular tourist attractions is about to get a little more colorful. New public artwork will soon be making a splash along the riverfront.

UK-based artist Joshua Sofaer has a vision for the Sacramento and West Sacramento waterfront.

"There's this river that sits between those two cities but it also joins them and this project is really about trying to get the two cities celebrating the people that live there," Sofaer said.

The artist, who has had exhibits in London, Stockholm, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has been chosen to create new public art that ties the two river towns together.

His pitch is to put up giant light boxes along the docks on both sides of the river with colorful maritime signal flags.

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"And each of those graphic representations is a letter of the alphabet," Sofaer said.

Those letters would spell out someone's name — but whose?

"Members of the public will be invited to nominate someone that they care for, or someone that they respect, someone that they love, it could be their mom, brother or sister, or friend," Sofaer said. "I hope that they'll be attracted by the idea that these public spaces are named after ordinary people just like them."

Some people think it's a bright idea.

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"The hope of this project is that people will want to come down here more and use it as a promenade," Sofaer said.

Sofaer is now trying to work out all of the technical details. Funding for the project comes from a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The cities are hoping to launch the public name nomination process in May.

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