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Mission Solano Unveils Sculpture For City

Gilbert Rangel's recycled art sculpture presented to the city.

Vacaville sculptor Gilbert Rangel earned a standing ovation from a packed council chambers tonight when he unveiled his untitled sculpture made from rubbish gathered by volunteers during Mission Solano's Earth Day festival.

According to Mission Solano:

When you stop to think about an artist creating something beautiful out of trash others have thrown away, you may see the connection to Mission SOLANO's vision for discarded people. 

For those of you who have been involved with Mission SOLANO, and have had the opportunity to see the restoration of our guests up close and in person, you know that is our core purpose.  This art project is a tangible expression of the Mission SOLANO vision:

To provide an economic and spiritual bridge for people striving to regain the basic necessities of life in order to restore hope in themselves and their future while achieving economic stability so that they are able to rejoin their community as full and active participants.

Gilbert Rangel, the talented recycled materials artist from Vacaville, shares that vision as well.  He looks at a piece of refuse, maybe a used toothbrush or a bottle cap, and sees its beauty.  Just like Mission SOLANO does with its beloved people.

Take a look at this beautiful piece of art!

Laura Calderon May 23, 2012 at 03:36 AM
David, thank you, thank you for all of your help!!!! Nice article! Great night! Gilbert is amazing and Mission Solano is so grateful!
David Ryan May 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
You're very welcome! The sculpture is beautiful.

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