Palm Desert, CA
The City of Palm Desert announced its intention to donate the iconic sculpture “Recreation Liberates” by renowned artist Jos Gomolka. This magnificent glass sculpture, which has graced the Palm Desert Community Center’s lobby since its dedication on September 19, 1993, has become a beloved symbol of the community’s artistic spirit.
The decision to donate “Recreation Liberates” stems from the center’s upcoming renovations scheduled to commence in January 2024. The new design plan, while exciting and promising, does not accommodate the sculpture due to its considerable size and specific aesthetic.
Given the need for substantial reconstruction of the sculpture’s housing upon removal, it has been determined that relocating or selling the artwork is not a cost-effective option. Consequently, the most practical path forward is to donate the piece to an organization that could give the beloved artwork a new home. While the artwork itself would be given as a donation, the recipient would be responsible for all costs associated with the removal, transport, and re-installation of the artwork.
The City invites interested parties who appreciate the historical significance and artistic value of “Recreation Liberates” to contact Erica Powell at the City by calling (760) 776-6346 for inquiries or further information.
The community and art enthusiasts have cherished “Recreation Liberates” for nearly three decades, and its legacy will live on in the hearts of those who have admired it over the years.