Yountville, California, USA | 20' H x 6'W x 6'D | Aluminum, Dichroic Glass | 2017
Gordon created ‘Up We Go!,’ with the intention to visualize the upward movement of humanity. The triumphal and universal stance of arms raised towards the sky in victory is implicit in the form and materials of the piece. With its shape and colorful display, ‘Up We Go!’ embraces core values of humanity and insinuates movement, prosperity and growth. The skyward and positive gesture is also demonstrated through the “sun salutation” pose in Yoga and the circular shape of the sculpture emphasizes the circle of life. Standing straight with arms pointed upward, the sun salutation energizes the individual as one embraces the sky and sun. Vitality and life is celebrated in the sun salutation and this gesture is reflected through the artwork.
The sculpture is made of custom extruded aluminum stakes and dichroic glass, has a diameter of 5′ 10″. The aluminum stakes starting at a height of 12 feet and peaking at a height of 20 feet comprise the oblique form.
Huether was instrumental in the founding and development of the Yountville Art Walk in 2009. He remains a significant participant in the Art Walk – the foundation behind the growth of the Arts in Yountville.
‘Up We Go’ was welcomed to the Napa Valley town of Yountville on April 1st, 2017 with a festive dedication celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. In attendance were Mayor John Dunbar, Town Manager Steve Rogers, prominent winery owner Carmen Policy as well as Kimberly Cook of Yountville Arts, among others. The sculpture is prominently located in front of the Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St., Yountville, CA.