Sacramento Regional Transit Franklin Station


Excerpt from the Sacramento Bee; June 29, 2015 by Jeanne Kuang

Driving down Cosumnes River Boulevard in south Sacramento, it’s hard not to notice the intricately carved bronze-colored arch standing at the site of the new light-rail station on Franklin Boulevard.

The steel arch, which stands 20 feet tall (not including the spire rising out of the top), has captured local attention since it was erected in February at the Franklin Station. It’s one of four pieces of public art the Sacramento Regional Transit District is installing along the four-station Blue Line extension, scheduled to open Aug. 24.

“The whole idea of that piece was making an entrance, an entrance and exit,” said David Best, the Petaluma-based sculptor who created the arch, called “Esperanza,” which stands over the pathway connecting the station platform and the parking lot.

David Solomon, the RT architect overseeing the extension project’s design, said the artwork can serve as a landmark in the area, leading people to the station.