Mysterious public sculpture in North Park.

I walk past this sculpture at the corner of University Avenue and Bancroft Street every so often, and when I do I always search for a plaque or other indication of when it was created and by whom. To me it’s a complete mystery.

For many years this flame-like sculpture with patterned tiles at its base has welcomed people driving west into North Park from City Heights. I have no doubt someone out there knows its story–but I sure don’t!

If you know anything, I’d be very curious to read your comment!

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Richard Schulte

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6 thoughts on “Mysterious public sculpture in North Park.”

  1. Oh, I share your frustration with public works of art that lack an identifying plaque. It’s an act of double disrespect, both for the interested viewer and (perhaps especially) for the artist. I hope someone responds to your appeal. Meanwhile, I can at least enjoy the beauty of the piece, with its wonderful mix of materials, textures and shapes. Thanks!

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  2. This piece has been here for years, maybe 10 years now? There was a third “flame” in the beginning but it got ripped down shortly after the piece was installed.

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  3. This was put in place by North Park Main Street Business Improvement District. I believe it was supposed to be a marker for the east entrance into North Park. Its tile base is similar in design to the North Park community sign located at 30th and University. The flames did light up at night via color changing lights as I recall. I’m not sure if they are still functioning.

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