downtown fresnoPublic Art
Trisem by T. Newton Russell is located on Fulton between Fresno and Merced "Trisem" - granite boulders by T. Newton "Newt" Russell, a Fresno artist, attorney and member of the Fulton Mall art committee. Because of his involvement, he donated Trisem to the city, rather than accept payment. Russell was essentially a self taught artist. He had several shows at the Fresno Art Museum and received various awards and commissions. This sculpture is his most important. It consists of three columns of native San Joaquin Valley river rocks, stacked vertically and connected by hidden steel rods. A light installed in the concrete base of the sculpture at one time illuminated the interior of Trisem at night.