For Immediate Release:
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Mayor, Scott Matas and the City Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony for artist, Simi Dabah, in recognition of his donation of 8 large sculptures to the City. The event took place just a half an hour before the regular City Council meeting at the Carl May Community Center and City Council Chambers.
The Dabahs, Simi and his wife, arrived in Desert Hot Springs earlier in the day and were given a tour of the city by Public Works Manager, Daniel Porras, and also met with the Mayor for a short period.
The ceremony was brief, but memorable, with all the Arts Commissioners and City Council members standing in front of the dias and the mayor and other other speakers coming up to the podium to make statements. After presenting Simi with an honorarium he made a short speech, and everyone lined up with the 8 posters with photos of the sculptures for the ribbon cutting.
After the ceremony the Dabahs, Larry Bowden, the president of the Dabah’s Foundation, and his wife, and Commissioner Gough went to dinner at Casablanca restaurant on Pierson Blvd. just down the street from the Carl May Center.
The Dabahs stayed the night at the 5 star Two Bunch Palms resort here in Desert Hot Springs, courtesy of Commissioner Gough and the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs of which she is President and Chair.
The sculptures were installed earlier in January and can be seen in the medians on Palm Drive and Pierson Blvd. and one at Veterans Park at the top of Palm Drive.
Previous Press Coverage
More information about Simi Dabah
Simi Dabah Artist Profile by AFDHS
Simi Dabah is based in Los Angeles but has a ranch/studio in Joshua Tree.
His sculptures have been donated to dozens of locations for permanent installation on public or non-profit owned properties all over southern California.
Press Contact for Simi Dabah
Larry Bowden, President
Simi Dabah Sculpture Foundation
Public Arts Contact for the City of Dlesert Hot Springs