The 25-foot high structure is partially comprised of artifacts salvaged from the site of the former South Bay Power Plant, which worked along the Chula Vista waterfront of from 1958-2013. During that time, hundreds of locals were employed to provide essential power to the region.
Art: POWERING THE ARTS
Salvage sculpture and accompanying bench built in-part of artifacts from the site of the former South Bay.
Location: 32°37’07.9″N 117°06’11.8″W
Artist: Michael Leaf
Learn: Artist and Chula Vista native Michael Leaf had a vision to memorialize the South Bay Power Plant. He rummaged through mountains of remnants after the February 2013 implosion and collected chunks of debris. From the dust rose a 25-foot-tall monument using a large steel power plant cylinder and a park bench created from one of the plant’s turbine rotors. (Btw…nearby is a nesting platform for Osprey.)
Powering the Arts is part of the city’s changing bayfront, a long-term plan by the Port of San Diego and city. Chula Vista Bayfront has been envisioned as a destination on 535-acre waterfront destination that includes residential and commercial zoning, hotels, a conference center and more than 240 acres of parks and open space.
10 Ways to Enjoy:
- Scavenge for treasures.
- Watch the video of the Chula Vista Power Plant Implosion.
- When you get home, may a sculpture of scraps you find around your neighborhood.
- Watch the Ospreys nesting.
- Make a wish.
- Feed the fish.
- Go fish.
- Feel the bay breeze on your skin.
- Imagine what it was like here 50 years ago with the powerplant looming on the shore.
- Think about what Chula Vista Bayfront will look like when it’s redeveloped.
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