New public art is coming to downtown Sacramento and it is out of this world

Following Tuesday’s approval by the Sacramento City Council, downtown Sacramento is set to receive a new 34-foot tall sculpture created by artist brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre

The steel, fiberglass and concrete rocket ship — officially dubbed “We Have Lift Off” — will be located at the corner of J and 13th streets next to the SAFE Credit Union Convention and Performing Arts District.

The district includes the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center and the recently remodeled Memorial Auditorium.

The convention center and performing arts center are currently undergoing an extensive expansion and renovation, which includes several public art projects.

“These art pieces will create landmarks for visitors, meeting points for patrons attending events, engage the public, and enliven the district,” said the City’s Public Art Manager Lennee Eller. “This piece is intended to be playful, uplifting and inspiring, especially at night when its lights span up two 40-foot walls.”

The art and designs to be featured at the new district were approved by the Sacramento Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission. Additional artists and designs will be announced as they are finalized.

As part of the City’s $365 million C3 Project, The SAFE Credit Union Convention Center is scheduled to be finished in late May with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for early June.