“Halley’s Comet,” a new outdoor art piece - has touched down in at the Mill Valley Community Center exactly 40 years early, in the form of a bright red modern sculpture made by a world-famous local sculptor Aristides Demetrios.
The Mill Valley Arts Commission worked for over four years to secure the piece for its initial installation in the “Art In Public Places” program and hopes it will add interest and value to the community, as well as become a valuable teaching tool for budding artists and astronomers.
“The vision for our sculpture program is to enhance our community while offering an opportunity to gain understanding and awareness of the visual arts and enjoyment of the outdoors,” Arts Commission Chair Coleen Byrne said. “We feel this new sculpture will attract viewers and invite dialogue.”
The artist, Aristides Demetrios, 89, is a San Francisco sculptor with large installations all over the world, and locally at locations such as Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has won numerous prizes and competitions and his artworks are sought out by investors and art lovers throughout the world. He shared that he became fascinated with the impending arrival of Halley’s Comet visiting in 1986, making this sculpture in his San Francisco studio as his tribute to the visitation which occurs only every 75-76 years.
The Arts Commission diligently pursued the purchase of the sculpture from a local art dealer and gallery owner, successfully acquiring the piece in 2020 for $15,600 with donations from local organizations and individuals.
“We want to thank the many individuals and organizations that donated and contributed to this project to make the purchase and installation possible,” Arts Commissioner Sharon Valentino said. “We could not have done it without the generous contributions of the Outdoor Art Club and the MV Chamber of Commerce. We want to thank all of the donors who made this possible”. We also want to thank former Arts and Recreation Director Jenny Rogers for her diligent pursuit of this piece.”
“Halley’s Comet” is located at the Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley, CA.