call it the 'Joan Rivers' treatment: The giant EYE-catching golden head sculpture dominating the fountain along Walnut Creek's North Main Street was removed Tuesday for a little makeover.
The head sculpture, in front of Mechanics Banks, is having a new sealant applied to its finish, according to a news release from the city. It was installed just last month.
The golden hue of "Fountain Head" would lose its luster throughout the day. But once the water stopped sprouting out of the fiberglass skull at night, the color would return.
"After discussion and research by the artist, fabricator Academy Studios and city staff, it was determined that water was wicking into fibers in the Gelcoat finish, causing 'blushing,' which clouded the color," according to the release. A new product that does not fade when it comes in contact with water has been found, and the head has been removed so the sealant can be applied and dry.
There will be no cost to the artist or the city; Academy Studios will refinish the head at its expense, according to the release.
The golden dome should be back in downtown by the end of the week.
The head, created by artist Seyed Alavi, was part of a public art project to redo two of the downtown fountains.
Rash action averted: A new pair of Eyes was blind to the feud between the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Clayton Valley Charter High
Mayor Howard Geller expressed disgust over comments a Mt. Diablo school board member made at a recent mayors' conference. The board member, whom he did not name, said the charter school's departure would cost the district $1.7 million in funding -- a figure Clayton disputes and calls misinformation.
"I wanted to get up and strangle her," Geller said. "But I didn't."
SAVING HABITAT AND SKUNKY DOGS: He is a man of humorous words, so you knew that a dinner honoring retired columnist Gary Bogue for his conservation work had to involve a little humor.
Two local officials got some laughs while presenting an award to Bogue, a retired Times columnist, during a dinner last weekend in Martinez for the Muir Heritage Land Trust.
County Supervisor Candace Anderson, of Danville, said Bogue had not only raised millions of dollars to permanently protect wildlife habitat, but he also provided quick relief to many desperate dog owners whose pets were sprayed by skunks.
Just recently, Anderson said, she had given a dog owner Gary's recipe for a concoction to neutralize skunk odors.
"Gary gave me my first job," Bob Doyle, the East Bay Regional Park District general manager, recalled at the dinner.
Bogue, years ago the curator of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, hired Doyle as a young man to work with youths on conservation projects. It was Doyle's first paid job in the conservation field.
Doyle stayed in the field, and now heads a regional park system with 110,000 acres -- plenty of space for conservation.
WardRobe Malfunction: It appears Antioch is very serious about what participants wear for its Intro to Belly Dancing class.
One of The Eye's advertising colleagues was thumbing through the city's fall Recreation Guide and spotted the class description.
Participants do not need dance experience but must "wear a flowing skirt or lose pants."
The Eye guesses that is a typo for what should have said loose pants, but perhaps it's best to wear a skirt just to be on the safe side.
Staff writers Elisabeth Nardi, David DeBolt, Denis Cuff and Paul Burgarino contributed to this report.