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Highway 99 Steel Art Panel Project

October 24, 2022 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

About the Project

Clean California proposes significant investments in litter collection, community engagement and education to ultimately transform unsightly roadsides into spaces of pride for all Californians. This is truly a statewide effort with potential projects in all 58 counties and with a third of the funds going directly to cities, counties, tribes and transit agencies to clean local streets and public spaces. 

In our kick off meeting we identified a number of symbols and concepts that are unique to the Deerfield / Mesa Grande neighborhood region.

Following is a brief description of the meeting:

  • Welcoming and Introductions
  • Purpose and goal of the meeting by Cal Trans Project Manager Robert H. Nguyen
  • Introduction and presentation by artist Heather Hogan
  • Discussion about the history and Background of surrounding neighborhoods in South Sacramento by neighbors
  • Brainstorming to collect ideas exhibiting the culture and identity of the neighborhoods
  • Brainstorming to reflect potential themes for developing Steel Art by the artist
  • Presentation of preliminary ideas by the artist to develop the Steel Art
  • Discussion about next steps for the project

In our second meeting on Oct. 24th we will arrange symbols into layouts using the scaffolding concepts we identified in order to draft 5-6 designs for a wider public review.

The draft designs will be circulated via online survey in order to reach a wider audience. The survey will be available from Oct 31-Nov. 6th.

Below are the results of our brainstorming and information gathering session:


  • Kids are important, many gain success and notoriety and return to the community to teach. (toys, bike/trike, blocks)
  • Music Programs, BTU Arts (trumpets, drums, congos, violin, tuba, flute, clarinet, saxophone)
  • Sports (Basketball and soccer)
  • Community Gardens (farm to fork, bees, dragonflies, corn, tomatoes, basil, picnic table, watering can)
  • Agriculture (livestock, fruit, grains, veggies, farm workers)
  • Teachers (pencil, apple, books, glasses)
  • Healthcare (microscope, stethoscope, white coat)
  • Science Instruments
  • Community Helpers (Police, librarians, neighbors)
Clockwise Left from front: Heather Hogan, Richard Falcom, Barbara Falcon, Chris Johnson, Jesus Cervantes, Rhonda Henderson, Kevin Murphy, Robert Nguyen

Concepts (Scaffolding)

  • Growth and Metamorphosis (tree growing unique things, butterfly)
  • Home/Family with objects coming out the top
  • Pathway & Children (symbols on wheels along a path)
  • Food Truck or Cart selling opportunities
  • Segmented Plate or Kids lunch tray with growth opportunities
  • A Book with options or images


Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center

7833 Center Pkwy
Sacramento, California 95823
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