Driven by Art
California Living Museum participates in public art project to celebrate 60th year of the Bakersfield Museum of Art
The California Living Museum is one of 33 local organizations that is participating in Driven by Art, a public art project to celebrate the 60th year of the Bakersfield Museum of Art.
The project paired sponsoring organizations with local artists who beautified 1950s area fiberglass pick-up truck models. The painted and embellished trucks will be parked at various locations in downtown Bakersfield this fall. The project was inspired by other successful community art projects around the county like Chicago’s Cows on Parade and New York’s Big Apples.
Jose Lemus, a local contemporary surrealist, designed and painted CALM’s truck with input from CALM staff. KCSOS chief of staff Steve Sanders said it was important that the truck’s design capture two important aspects of the zoo — its animals and HolidayLights at CALM.
As such, Lemus’ artwork depicts day and night at the zoo. Half of the truck boasts paintings of some of CALM’s most popular animals, while the other half captures the beauty of CALM’s annual HolidayLights event and several nocturnal creatures that only come out after the sun sets.
CALM’s truck will be on display outside of Boss Pizza on 18th St. near Chester Ave. from Oct. 7 through the end of the year. It will later be moved to a permanent location at a to-be-determined location in the community.