Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany is proud to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Folsom, California Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 am, to celebrate the official opening of the Johnny Cash Trail; a bike and pedestrian trail to honor the legendary musician. This ribbon cutting also kicks off the development of the 2.5-mile long Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience. Both Roseanne and Cindy Cash, Johnny Cash’s daughters, were in attendance. Roseanne Cash held a performance the night before at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. Event organizers encourage guests to walk or cycle to the event, because of limited on-street parking for vehicles.
As a part of the trail, a new bridge overcrossing is now open, which spans busy Folsom Lake Crossing Road, designed to echo the look of Folsom Prison’s East Gate guard towers. Johnny Cash famously performed two live shows at Folsom State Prison, backed by June Carter, Carl Perkins, and the Tennessee Three on January 13, 1968, and was a passionate advocate for prisoner’s rights. The resulting album, At Folsom Prison, consisted of seventeen tracks and was a major hit in the United States. The album reached number one on the country charts and made it to the top 15 of the national album chart. The lead single from the album, a live version of “Folsom Prison Blues”, was a top 40 hit. The popularity of At Folsom Prison helped to revitalize Cash’s career.
Plans for this commemorative public installment to honor the country star have been underway for the past year and will include work by Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany. Currently, the Studio is designing a 50’ steel monument called “The Man in Black”, which will be surrounded by a 2-acre park. The park will be located on the west corner of Folsom Lake Crossing and East Natoma Street.
Gary Tillery, the artist of “The Man in Black” monument is collaborating with Itamar Amrany and Omri Amrany from Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany as well as Tony Keith from RRM Design Group on the project.
Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany has several other permanent bronze statues installed across California, some of which include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, and Chick Hern, all located around the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A statue of Luc Robitaille, which is still in the making, will be unveiled March 7th, 2015.