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.