“At the age of five, I fell in love with soapbox racing, especially building the soapbox cars,”
- Roger Berry during an interview sitting at a café in front of his newly installed “ETRELLA” art installation in Kings Beach.
“At a very young age, I fell in love with the process, the overall aesthetics of what was being created, and the functionality of creating something from nothing.”
Funded by the county transient occupancy tax, seeking artwork in King Beach’s roundabouts is part of the major investment Placer County made through the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project. Two final pieces were selected from a field of five proposals narrowed down from the initial 38 submissions through two review panels and a community viewing and balloting process, which received approximately 435 votes.
It was only natural for Berry to join the competition to create more beauty for the place that had enriched his life so much as a child. Once his proposal was selected, Berry threw his all into the process, from having his work being approved by overseeing engineers to speaking to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in April. As he built the piece, Berry kept the Kings Beach location in his mind as the piece came together.
“This is the community’s sculpture,” Berry said. “This installation continued to surprise me because it truly evolved during the creation of the piece. I hope people will find surprises of their own when they enjoy the installation for themselves. I made "ESTRELLA" to become part of the community and for the community to enjoy for years to come.”