1990 Project Area:
Citicorp Plaza Phase IProject Location:
Ernst & Young Plaza, 725 S. Figueroa StreetProject Type:
One of seven sculptural collaborations between artists and poets that make up the "Poets' Walk" series throughout Citicorp Plaza is a collaboration between poet Gary Soto and artist Joe Fay. "Natural Instincts" includes three bronze panels cut in the shape of animal silhouettes, including a bird, cat, and dog, installed on the exterior of the building. While the bird is in flight, the cat is leaping, and the dog is walking with its head and tail down. Poetry by Gary Soto appears in the middle of each panel.
The business of stray dogs is to trot through the rain,
Bark and roll on grass. They follow smoke and leaves.
They sleep on flowers, which each morning spring back.
Like you, glad worker, the cat hungers before noon.
Its blood is alive, when it leaps,
Not even its shadow can keep up.
What scares us most is windy traffic,
A rush step. The same with birds.
Men in suits toss bread when we should feed on love.