Rose Float Team Adds a Touch of Spring to SLO Mission

Cal Poly's Rose Float team installed flowers on its Spring Wings public art piece
The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design. Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly
Cal Poly's Rose Float team installed its public art piece, Spring Wings, at the SLO mission.
The Spring Wings art piece is roughly eight feet tall and created with a process similar to the one used to create floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Visitors to the San Luis Obispo mission had a chance to see the Cal Poly Rose Float team in action this past weekend, as it put the final touches on Spring Wings, its public art piece.

The project began when Downtown SLO, which promotes the downtown economy, approached the team, asking them to contribute to the May Flower Initiative. A part of that public art offering is the Plaza Pop-Up Program, which features installations and decorations at the plaza.

The College of Engineering is typically heavily represented on the Rose Float team.

This year’s squad, which didn’t get to create a float for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade due to the pandemic, created Spring Wings with a process similar to its float-making process.

The installation is roughly eight feet tall, with a flowerpot that is approximately seven feet in diameter. The initial framework was displayed on the plaza earlier this month, with signs describing the construction process. Saturday, May 22, the team added the flowers in a colorful dispay of teamwork. Here are some images from the event taken by campus photographer Joe Johnston.

The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design. Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 5-22-21
The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design. Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 5-22-21
The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design. Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 5-22-21
The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design. Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 5-22-21
The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design.
Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 5-22-21
The Cal Poly Rose Float team puts the final touches on the “Spring Wings” art installation in Mission Plaza. The installation helped to showcase the process behind building a Rose Float design.
Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 5-22-21

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