SANTA CRUZ—For a different take on the art scene around Santa Cruz, wander into the Tannery Arts Center on River Street (just east of Highway 1) and check out the two massive freestanding sculptures created by Jayson Fann.
The two works, made from driftwood, are part of Santa Cruz Arts Council’s annual Ebb and Flow Arts Festival, an art-infused event that celebrates the San Lorenzo River which includes a sprawling street festival, free exhibitions, and live music under the stars.
Over the past several weeks, Fann has invited the public to help erect the two-part artwork titled “Spirit Nest.” The pieces will be open to view in completion during the monthly First Friday Art Tour around downtown Santa Cruz. The event runs today from 5:30-9 p.m. Other artworks will be displayed around the San Lorenzo River downtown.
ABOVE: One of two works by Jayson Fann at the Tannery Arts Center on River Street. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)
On his website Fann’s artwork is described as “interweaving architecture and spirit with seamless grace and beauty;” Fann aims to express his love of art and culture in every detail of his work.
Fann is an interdisciplinary artist and designer with a focus on large-scale works, weaving natural architecture, cultural imagery, and inspirational messages. He emphasizes in creating “interactive staged environments,” which integrate visual arts, activism, performance and ritual.
The Tannery Arts Center is located at 1010 River St. in Santa Cruz.