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Local artist Roman de Salvo is set to begin the installation of The Riparium, an artwork to be displayed at Ruocco Park, which is being constructed by the Port of San Diego west of Pacific Highway and south of Harbor Drive.

The large scale work is intended to serve as a “sculptural gateway” to the park, which extends to just north of Seaport Village, according to a release from the Port.

Riparium will consist of a puzzle-like network of large, suspended eucalyptus branches, planed smooth on the underside and left intact on top, where the wood will be allowed to weather naturally. The work will be supported by cables anchored to three masts, intended to be “evocative of sailboats on the bay.”

De Salvo in the past has created works for Caltrans, the San Diego Trolley, Alvarado Medical Center, and the New Children’s Museum downtown.

Photo credit: Port of San Diego

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