New public art sculpture in San Diego’s East Village

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There is a new public sculpture piece at The Collection’s Plaza in San Diego’s East Village.

The art sculpture is across the way from Petco Park. It’s part of the Park 12 development, luxury apartment homes, retail and restaurant complex.
The 22 foot steel shell sculpture tells the history of San Diego in narrative form.

“In 1850 , San Diego became a city. Alfonso Horton acquired downtown San Diego in 1867 for $265,” said Jerry Brand, Senior Managing Director of Greystar’s West Coast development. Brand is the man behind the concept.

“It’s a native shell. It rolls out of the islands here. I found it on the beach and I gave it to the artist and I asked him in his own creative way to create a shell.”

The artist then began to cut in the shell all about the history of San Diego.
“In 1969, the Padres become a major league team… and we can now remember in 1998 when the Padres won the National League Championship.”

Brand says it’s fitting that the public art sculpture sits across the street from the ballpark, in the courtyard of the newest East Village development.

“There are 718 Apartment Homes. We call this the City of Villages. We have a high-rise a mid-rise they’re all connected by Bridges.”

As a way to engage the community in hopes of embracing not only the history and the development of Downtown, the company is encouraging you to take a selfie or should we say “shellfie” on Instagram, using the hashtag “#park12shellfie” for a chance to win some cool prizes. And speaking of winning… “I predict that the Padres are going to win the World Series in the coming years and I’m going to cut that in the shell (sculpture) after the victory and I’m almost certain that that’s going to happen soon.”

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