Today, we are travelling to California- The Golden 1 Center i.e. World’s most advanced arena!

When I first heard of The Golden 1 Center, I was like Whaaaattt is this place! So if you are also like me then hop on to this journey where we explore the Golden 1 Center located in downtown Sacramento, California.

Before we being this journey, let us all agree to one thing- That there are so many gorgeous places in the world, so many amazing pieces of art and so much beauty & knowledge, we don’t know about. So in this blog I will not only educate you, I will educate myself & I hope you all enjoy this process.

This arena is made of more code than concrete.

The Golden 1 Center is all about hosting concerts, conventions and a multitude of sporting and entertainment events. The brilliant design & world class technology suggest that this place will be the world’s most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue.

This arena is made of more code than concrete.

The Golden 1 Center is all about hosting concerts, conventions and a multitude of sporting and entertainment events. The brilliant design & world class technology suggest that this place will be the world’s most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue.

The owner of National Basketball Association’s ‘Sacramento Kings’, Vivek Ranadive, threw light on the this massive arena naming it “Civilization3.0”

Civilization 1.0 represents the origin of modern era which has cities, and roads etc, basically good infrastructure.

Civilization 2.0 represents the age of steel; The Industrial Revolution.

And Civilization 3.0 represents the era of information.

The reason I decided to write about The Golden 1 Center is because it represents “Civilization 3.0” and this massive arena is a work of art. Why? Just keep reading & you will answer this question yourself.

Piglet from Jeff Koons’ “Coloring Book” collection adorns the main entrance.

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This magnificent sculpture is from Koons’ “Coloring Book” series, inspired by a young child coloring outside the lines over an image of the character Piglet from “Winnie the Pooh!

It’s expected that thousands of fans will visit the $557 million facility.

Jeff Koons talks about the $8 million Piglet-inspired sculpture in an interview.

When you move, the reflections change, and it really affirms your existence and the importance in every moment of life,” Koons told The Sacramento Bee in a March 2015 interview. “I hope that a piece like ‘Coloring Book’ can excite young children who are going hand-in-hand with their mother and father and with their sisters and their grandparents to a sporting event (at the arena), that all generations can find some contemplative interaction with the piece.

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If you thought that the $8 million sculpture is the only art outside the arena, hold on!

There is also a brilliant design from local artist Gale Hart. Gale Hart is known as Sacramento’s Godmother of Contemporary Art, and her piece, “Missing the Mark,” is a series of giant darts.

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This amazing installation features six multi-colored giant darts which are approximately 10-foot long made of fiberglass and stainless steel, a large dart board fabricated with terrazzo and giant concrete numbers installed on the building and etched into the sidewalk.

Along with this, two giant bronze hands holding pieces of a dart game frame the entrance to the arena at the corner of 5th and L streets, are also the brainchild of Gale Hart.

Bryan Valenzuela’s installation at the Golden 1 Center is being touted as his ‘defining moment’

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The aerial sculpture inspired by the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, very aptly named Multitudes Converge, comprises of 400 glass spheres hanging in varying dimensions that span from 12 to 20 inches and weighs about 8,000 pounds. This installation appears to float effortlessly in an almost meditative state from the ceiling in one of the arena’s main thoroughfares!

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Isn’t this arena worth a visit?

Phew. Now I feel, even I should try my hand at some ‘artsy’ stuff!

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