Darya Dotorksky who won the illustration category at the AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review recently unveiled an urban tree. She took 2 sculpture classes at City College and Professor Terri Hughes-Oelrich casually mentioned that she should submit a proposal for the Urban Trees project this year. It was only 1 week before the deadline and she had to think fast so she made one of her drawings into a sculpture. Darya submitted the model to the Port’s Public Art Committee for the Urban Trees 6 project and was selected in a field of only 30 artists. The finished sculpture is now exhibited on the North Embarcadero for 1 year; located right next to Anthony’s restaurant.

If you are interested to see the process of how this sculpture was built, please visit her newly minted blog – shapeshepherd.blogspot.com

Design Concept:
Title – APollo Del Sol
Dimensions -11 ft high x 6 ft wide
Material – Marine grade plywood
The title of the sculpture “APollo Del Sol” is combined from Spanish ”a chick of the sun” and Apollo – a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the art. The firebird and its twin “icebird” symbolize several conceptually connected dual elements – sun and moon, day and night, life and death, fire and ice. In China, Phoenix-like bird is used to represent females. It is also said that Phoenix can heal a person with a tear from its eyes and make them temporarily immune to death. The female birds in my design are carrying an egg, a symbol of new life, rebirth and hope.