Comstock's magazine 0618 - June 2018 - Page 67

with the architecture to convey a coherent story about the Sacramento River, the habitat, and the role of water in the city’s past and present. An oversized feather by sculptor Phill Evans spins laconically in the breeze above the main building, while stone sculptor Masayuki Nagase’s little red salmon swim below in the pavers. Kurt Runstadler’s bubble glass sculptures reference the draw of the water. An obser- vation deck with educational kiosks highlights the history of Sacramento’s rivers. “We wanted to create a public amenity that would be a welcome space for the community,” says Lionakis princi- pal Laura Knauss. “People can ride their bikes to the plaza space, go out on the deck and see and learn about the con- f luence of the two rivers.” The project has received numerous accolades, including two AIA Merit Awards and recognition as the Water/Envi- ronmental Project of the Year from the Sacramento Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The project was completed in 2003. June 2018 | 73