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Sunnyside Up moved to next spring

POSTED April 2, 2010 11:15 p.m.
Turlock residents will not be greeted by giant decorated eggs on Sunday morning after all. Sunnyside Up Turlock, a public art project that would have brought the eggs to downtown Turlock just in time for Easter, has been postponed until Spring 2011.
The project is a collaboration of the Turlock City Arts Commission and the Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association. The temporary public art project will include 24 giant eggs that will be decorated by community artists and displayed around downtown Turlock. The unveiling of the eggs was originally scheduled for April 4, but the construction process for the 4 foot fiberglass eggs has taken longer than expected.
“You can’t make eggs without a mold, and the mold was just finished last week,” said Trina Walley, executive director of the Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association.
Walley said that the egg festival, which was originally scheduled for April 16, has also been postponed until next year. The planning subcommittee wants the project to take place in spring, and another year will give them time to promote the public art project in the community.
Turlock City Council funded the project with a $10,000 loan to the Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association. Walley said that the association has already made one payment on that loan, and they intend to pay it off regardless of when the festival is held. The group plans to raise money by seeking sponsorships for the eggs. They will also auction off the eggs at the egg festival.
Sunnyside Up Turlock is the first temporary public art project planned by the Turlock Arts Commission. They were inspired by other California cities who decorate and display statues symbolic of their cities. The Commission decided eggs would be a good art medium because they related to Turlock’s egg industry and long agricultural history.
The Sunnyside Up Turlock planning committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss the next step in the public arts project. Walley hinted that the group might reveal a few of the eggs early to build up community enthusiasm about the project.
“Be looking this summer for some of the undecorated eggs,” Walley said.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail agoodwin@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.
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