Best Public Art - 2010
Up Up Up to Where Even George W. Bush Has Got Soul (After Neil Young)
5500 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Jason Butler's 2008 fabricated and forged steel sculpture at Irvine Valley College is a triumph of the living, the breathing and the thinking as curled tendrils spring from concrete and extend toward the sky, attaching and wrapping themselves around a rigid iron beam, a fencepost, changing their color from industrial gray and iodized red to a bright-yellow enamel. The name of the sculpture is inspired by and revised from Neil Young's ode to Richard Nixon ("Campaigner").