Camouflage House at Hendry's Beach
By Ronald Williams
A temporary public sculpture, the "Camouflage House," debuted at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park on June 30. This unusual work of art, created by UCSB alumnus Tom Fruin, is meant to offer the community an opportunity for reflection and meditation during the time of Covid-19.
A kaleidoscopic pattern of welded steel, salvaged signage, and reclaimed acrylic scraps, the project is supported by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission in partnership with the County Community Services Department's Office of Arts and Culture and Parks divisions.
"The House sculpture can be seen as a place of refuge and a stand in for our hope moving forward. Its shape is a generalization of a home while its dramatic coloration is the opposite of camouflage - it is an act of standing out with warmth and brilliance," states Fruin.
Following its tenure at Arroyo Burro Beach, the work will travel to Elings Park for long-term viewing.