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Old Sacramento Downtown Plaza sculpture getting moved

“Balancing Act, Too,” by Sacramento artist Tony Natsoulas stood at Downtown Plaza for 21 years until it was moved to make way for the construction of a new arena. The Kings are donating the sculpture to the city and it will be relocated to Cervantes Park in Land Park.
“Balancing Act, Too,” by Sacramento artist Tony Natsoulas stood at Downtown Plaza for 21 years until it was moved to make way for the construction of a new arena. The Kings are donating the sculpture to the city and it will be relocated to Cervantes Park in Land Park. rpench@sacbee.com

One of the more recognizable pieces of public art that once stood in Downtown Plaza is about to find a new home.

“Balancing Act, Too,” a sculpture by Sacramento artist Tony Natsoulas, is expected to be installed next month in Cervantes Park, a small neighborhood park on Freeport Boulevard near Sacramento City College.

The City Council is expected to approve an agreement on Tuesday for the city to take possession of the sculpture from the Kings, who are developing the Downtown Plaza site into a $507 million arena, along with retail spaces and a hotel and condo tower. The Kings are donating the sculpture.

The city is also acquiring “Spherical Discourse #1 and #2,” two sculptures by Yoshio Taylor. The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission has not recommended yet where to display those artworks.

The City Council approved a plan on Tuesday to expand and spruce up Cervantes Park. That work will include the installation of new planting areas, a revamped plaza, new seating, a water fountain and sidewalk improvements along the Freeport Boulevard side of the park.

“Balancing Act, Too” and “Spherical Discourse #1 and #2” were commissioned for Downtown Plaza in 1993. Balancing Act cost $55,000 and the Spherical Discourse pieces were $125,000.

They were removed from the mall in spring 2014.

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