Arch-Cradle, 2008


3800 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto CA 94306, The artwork is located at Mitchell Park adjacent to tennis courts behind the Mitchell Park Community Center.

Arch-Cradle, 2008 by Michael Szabo

About the Artwork

Arch-Cradle is Szabo’s first public art commission. The sculpture, made of stainless steel and bronze, is an undulating form of arches and cradles symbolizing the full circle of one's life. To Szabo, the cradle represents the nurturing environment that Palo Alto gives to residents while the arch represents the new things sure to come.

About the Artist

A Palo Alto native, Michael Szabo earned his degree in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design and soon returned home to plant his roots in San Francisco. He established Michael Szabo Studio in 2004 focusing on large-scale, site-integrated sculptures that speak to the environments they inhabit. Working predominantly in stainless steel and bronze, Michael’s aesthetic language and occasional use of elements such as water have allowed the studio to explore the relationship between art, landscape, and architectural spaces.

Fun Fact

Michael Szabo discovered his love of painting while attending Gunn High School. At Gunn, an art teacher encouraged him to attend the Rhode Island School of Design to pursue his artistic career.


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Artist's Quote About Arch-Cradle

"It's about giving back to the community that nurtured me. I'm just really glad that it's in Palo Alto. It's my hometown, and it's been an important part of my life.” Mike Szabo