On Sat., Dec. 7, 11 a.m., come to the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated Oakland Park! Built using funds from the Neighborhood Conservation Program, the project scope includes updates to the entirety of the park to make surfaces and site furnishings ADA compliant and to enhance the site experience for park users. Design elements include all new site furnishings, decorative paving, wood decking, native plantings and new park signage. A highlight of the park renovation is a new public art piece titled “Ridge” by Foon Sham.
About Ridge: Artist Foon Sham’s signature aesthetic has been strongly shaped by natural landmarks that he has encountered on his travels, from the fjords in Norway to the Luray Caverns in Virginia. He works almost exclusively in wood and its byproducts.The form for Ridge was inspired by the mountainous ridges one might see in nearby Shenandoah or the Blue Ridge Mountains, transforming them into a human-scaled, interactive sculpture. The irregular surface of the stacked wood layers creates an uneven texture, mimicking the roughness of the natural world. Visitors are invited to walk through the structure and experience the vaulted interior space evocative of a cave or the interior of church, such as the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain, which Sham cites as an influence.
Funded by the Neighborhood Conservation program and from a private development public art fund contribution from Amelia 2, L.C. the owners of The Amelia Apartments.