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The City of Pleasant Hill is celebrating the community’s second sculpture. The piece, titled “Pleasant Hill Gate,” was commissioned by artist Juanjo Novella. Novella was inspired to create an icon for Pleasant Hill that establishes a strong link between nature and life. The 26-foot-tall sculpture features a doorway to display it is a welcoming gateway for the City. This piece was funded by a grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines and private donors who believe in the positive impact art has on communities.
“We want to thank those who made this possible including Bravo Greater Des Moines, the members of the Pleasant Hill Arts Foundation who led the private donations campaign, all of the donors, and the artist, Juanjo Novella,” said Sara Kurovski, Mayor of Pleasant Hill. “This piece will stand for generations as a beacon for community pride.”
Novella's decade of creating and installing public art has made him an internationally acclaimed artist who works exclusively with sculptures in public spaces. Novella's work is a sensorial experimentation of space and places an importance on creating a symbolic landmark that welcomes visitors and can serve as the background for a scene. His work can be found in Madrid, Abu Dhabi, Lubbock, TX, and more.
Pleasant Hill Gate was created in Novella’s workshop in Spain and shipped to its final location in the City’s newest park, Hickory Glen Park.