Bliss in the Moment, 2011


3503 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto CA 94303, The memorial is located along the Adobe Creek Loop Trail south of the Palo Alto Animal Services.

Bliss in the Moment - 2011 by James Moore

  • <p>Bill Bliss riding with his daughters Heather and Shannon in 1976 on a special three-seater bicycle he built. </p>

About the Artwork

A geometrically abstracted figurative sculpture, Bliss in the Moment commemorates the memory of William Bliss, a passionate cyclist and highly respected advocate for bicycle safety who was an instrumental figure in the design and building of the San Francisco Bay trail. The sculpted figure and bike are focused toward the Baylands in a pose that is relaxed and contemplative. Located at a busy section of the Bay trail the artwork adds an element of surprise inviting cyclists to stop and take in the view of the beautiful Baylands, and a moment of bliss.

About the Artist

Sculptor and painter James Moore has been creating artwork for over 30 years. His sculpture employs a simple but powerful visual vocabulary based on the cube. By applying the rules of figurative proportion and balance he is able to create works that excite the eye, engage the mind and uplift the spirit. When creating his work, Moore aims to add something positive to the world. While exploring themes of hope, strength, and playful possibility, his sculpture conveys a positive message of what it means to be human. Moore’s work can be found in public and private collections across the U.S. as well as Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe.

Artist's Quote

“I decided to sculpt a cyclist with one foot planted firmly on the ground while gazing at the sunrise to convey hope for the future combined with dedicated action in the present. I believe Mr. Bliss personified this wholeheartedly during his life.” James Moore

Did You Know?

Sculptures by James Moore can be found in many public places across the Bay Area, including Foothill College and Hillview Community Center in Los Altos, Downtown San Carlos, and Kaiser Permanente in Oakland.