Riding the Currents, 2014


2458 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303, The sculpture is located at the entrance to the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant and the Household Hazardous Waste Station.

About the Artwork

Riding the Currents is inspired by the Baylands environment, one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Eight wooden totems made of reclaimed freeway supports reveal abstract forms of the streams, reeds and grasses of the wetlands. The life-cycle of this old wood, from tree to freeway to abstract-forest, speaks simply about nature, human progress, and transformation. Steel migratory birds reflect the sunlight.

About the Artist

British-born, Oakland-based artist Martin Webb creates studio paintings, sculptural work and larger public art installations. His work often investigates notions of travel, time, home, and belonging with images, objects, and installations that combine simple representations, layered abstractions, and plain-spoken materials.

Did You Know?

You can enjoy other artworks by Martin Webb in Palo Alto: a mural titled Currents is located inside the Water Quality Control Plant; and an indoor three-dimensional wall installation was installed in 2019 at the newly re-built Avenidas Senior Center in downtown Palo Alto.


  • Artist Martin Webb creates a mural for the Palo Alto Water Quality Control Plant