Marking an end to a seven-year beautification project, a handcrafted mosaic tile monument was unveiled, Friday, May 20, 2016 at Colusa High School.
The Project was the brain child of Colusa resident, Lisa Bailey.
“A group of parents and myself started with planting flowers and shrubs around the front of the school and the quad area,” said Bailey.
The group continued to make beautification improvements over the years and in 2014 the graduating senior class donated funds to complete a monument with the help of an area sculptor and artist.
“It took us a long time to find an artist that met our needs,” said Bailey.
After the long search, Bailey selected Browns Valley sculptor and painter, Peter Adams.
“I worked with Peter for about a year before we got to this point,” said Bailey, “Peter did a wonderful job.”
Peter Adams Currently hosts mini workshops in ceramics and sculpture in Colusa with the Colusa County Arts Council. His work includes numerous large scale sculptures in public places across California and Oregon. Adams has also commissioned several private pieces in bronze, marble and terracotta that are located throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
2014 CHS Graduate, Taylor Davies, commented that the monument represents the community.
“Whether you’re a ‘Redskin’ or a ‘Red Hawk’, a lot of work was put into this monument to foster school spirit,” said Davies, “We hope that the school spirit continues with the presence of this monument.”
Colusa High School has historically been identified as the ‘Redskins’ as part of its mascot, but that changed in 2008 when the mascot was changed to the ‘Red Hawks’.
CHS Principal, Darren Brown, stated, “Lisa Bailey gave her dedication to this project. This was something that we’ve been talking about since I was two days on the job. Four years later it is now completed.
“To see the project completed is not only emotional, but it must bring back some great memories,” said Brown, “thank you Lisa.”