The Stunning Ars Longa Vita Brevis
Local multimedia artist Alan Shepp creates large-scale sculpture and public art that has been exhibited from Italy to Singapore, Egypt, England, Israel and throughout the U.S.
His stunning Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Life is Brief But Art Endures), a beautiful tile fountain on Riverbend Plaza behind the historic brick structures of Napa River Inn, draws visitors from around the world.
The fountain's vibrant vitreous-glass mosaic illustrates the history of Napa County, from homesteaders and plows bringing fruit to market to the Hispanic, American and Chinese laborers key to the area's development. A waterfall tumbles over depictions of the Napa River's inhabitants, including salmon, turtles, a beaver and sunken boats, and tiles known as The Living River flow from the fountain throughout the plaza.