New downtown Los Altos sculpture debuts

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Artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, center, stand by their creation, "Madahlia," on Saturday in Los Altos.

Arts Los Altos unveiled its new sculpture, “Madahlia,” Saturday on the Assistance League of Los Altos grounds in downtown Los Altos.

Inspired by the spiral of petals of the dahlia flower, the new work from the Oakland-based sculpture collective HYBYCOZO (Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone) is a 9.5-foot-high spire-like shape made of stainless steel. It follows HYBYCOZO’s “Dodi,” which was the inaugural sculpture installation for the new Los Altos nonprofit group. Arts Los Altos, formed earlier this year, is dedicated to installing public art on private spaces in downtown Los Altos.

At Saturday’s socially distanced dedication event for “Madahlia,” HYBYCOZO artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu said their new work was created with the surrounding downtown Los Altos landscape in mind.

“It’s truly for Los Altos, where the previous one was a placeholder,” Beaulieu said.

Beaulieu and Filipchuk lead the creation of large-scale installations, located all over the world, that, in their words, “investigate geometric exploration through light, shadow and perception.”

As with “Dodi,” the interior of “Madahlia” features LED lighting that continuously changes colors, its light leaking through the sculpture’s patterned holes in the stainless steel to create a swirl of intriguing shadows.

“We hope you will enjoy this reminder of the beauty and the resonance of geometry in nature and our connection to it,” Filipchuk said, addressing the small gathering.

The sculpture is located in front of the Assistance League building, 169 State St.

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