Neighbors
11' x  9' x  11'
Steel with patinated surface,  2008

Santa Clara Housing Authority

As an ‘in-the-trenches’ community service agency, the Santa Clara Housing Authority is extremely sensitive to the stressful family and economic circumstances that often prompt their clients to seek housing assistance. When the Housing Authority completed a major refurbishment of their main building in 2008, sculptor Marilyn Kuksht was commissioned to create thematic artwork that was not only germane to the agency’s mission, but created a very warm and welcoming atmosphere for their clients. Kuksht’s large steel wall sculpture ‘Neighbors’ does just that. It’s abstract house icons convey an intimate sense of community that includes divergent notions of a home; it’s soft earth-tone coloration is almost universally pleasing and reassuring to nervous visitors.