Sculpture Destined For Civic Park Location?

PROS commission approves spot at north library entrance for Hand of Peace by Benny Bufano.

A city commission has approved a plan to put a historic sculpture in Civic Park at a library entrance.

The Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission unanimously recommended the Civic Park location at its Monday night meeting. The Hand of Peace by Benny Bufano would go in the triangle at the north entrance of the downtown library on North Broadway.

In 1967, the artist, Beniamino (Benny) Bufano, installed Hand of Peace in the Quail Court Office Park, off Creekside Drive. Bufano, an Italian immigrant and a favorite sculptor of President Theodore Roosevelt, was famous in New York and later the Bay Area, where he taught at the University of California at Berkeley.

In Walnut Creek, Hand of Peace was celebrated in public art circles. In 2009, the office park owner, Westlake Realty Group, removed the sculpture for restoration. Westlake officials offered to loan the sculpture to the city for 25 years if the city could find a suitable, prominent location, according to a report by the city's Arts, Recreation and Community Services Department (see PDF attached to this article).

The next reviews for the sculpture location are the Walnut Creek Arts Commission April 16 and the City Council May 1.

Creek Diva April 04, 2012 at 07:17 PM
That's great news! I miss having it in my neighborhood, but I'm glad to hear it will be back in WC.
Tim Gega July 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
It was 36 years ago when I sat under the shade of this copper hand at Quail Court eating my lunch. It was 36 years ago that I began my Quest to find the answers of the Universe, and the answers to my own existence. I can (today) say that the roots and branches of my Quest have grown deep and wide and the seed sprouted right here. After a long and extensive search for this photo, I finally found it (again) last night, (07/21/2012). It is with great joy that I discovered that it will be moved to a more Public view. This “Hand of Peace” is more than copper and ceramic. It is an embodiment of an idea that Benny Bufano had a long time ago. In many of his sculptures, his “portrayals” have been one of an old universal message: Peace is within my own hand. Peace is not an external intellectual concept, but rather a feeling, an emotion that I chose to carry within me. I know that many success stories have been borne under the influence of this hand; and what a fitting new place for this hand to reside to influence another new generation of folks than at the entrance of the Public Library. It is my hope that this new generation takes this message to heart, literally.
Tim Gega July 22, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I do owe great Thanks and Appreciation to (both): Webb T. Johnson and Louis E. Cook, Jr. for giving me this tremendous Opportunity. <3 <3


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