Dan Skaggs has been creating water sculptures for 20 years, most recently the one in front of the Laguna Beach County Water District that commemorates the service of the late Susan Trager.
"The sculpture was a tribute to her personality and taste," Skaggs said.
Trager, who died March 22, was the first woman to serve on the district board of directors since it was founded in 1925. She was appointed when the district was rethinking its decision to relinquish its independence from the city rather than be forced by the Local Agency Formation Committee into a mésalliance with South Coast Water District, and served with distinction and élan until her death.
"The district wanted the sculpture to be simple and zen," Skaggs said.
A resident of Laguna since 1998, Skaggs is among the 140 artists whose work is being exhibited at the Festival of Arts.
He has been an exhibitor for 22 years, but by no means does he hold the record. That honor goes to watercolorist Jacquie Moffat.