El Cariso Community Regional Park General Park Improvements
Orchard and Dos Picos
Stephen Glassman and Ball-Nogues Studio
San Fernando Valley
El Cariso Regional Park
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
Parks & Recreation
ABOUT THE ART
Sylmar, which means “sea of trees,” is a diverse community nestled at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. Located in the north east area of the 80 acre park are two distinct artworks by artist Stephen Glassman and artist team Ball-Nogues. Highlighting characteristics of the location and history of the area, the artists have created each artwork in the tradition of land art in which artists integrate natural materials like stones, concrete and landscaping in the artwork design.
Inspired by the nearby San Gabriel Mountains, artist Stephen Glassman created Dos Picos as a monument to the natural environment. The artwork is made of Gabion baskets—wire containment structures filled with rocks typically used for creating retaining walls—forming two 20 foot-tall angular peaks atop a gentle hill of long grass. From its most extreme and narrow angle, as seen from the parking lots and picnic areas, the artwork looks like a leaning spire. Looking at the artwork from the playground area provides a different view, where it appears as a hillside grassy meadow. Dos Picos is designed to guide the viewer’s eye to the mountains on the horizon.
The artist worked with a core team of 20 designers, engineers, fabricators and landscapers to create the artwork. Siting the artwork in the park required soil testing, irrigation planning, permitting and conservation assessments.
El Cariso Park was once the site of the largest olive grove and mill in the world. Artist team Ball-Nogues Studio recalls this rich agricultural history of Sylmar in their artwork.
For Orchard, Ball-Nogues created sculptural elements resembling traditional tools used in olive oil production—an olive press, olive grinder and sorting bins—and 103 interlocking precast concrete blocks encircle a fruit-bearing olive tree and a bed of lavender.
The artists worked with a core team of 10 designers, engineers, fabricators and landscapers to create the artwork. Siting the artwork in the park required soil testing, irrigation planning, permitting and conservation assessments.
About the Artist
Glassman received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the State University of New York. He has received grants and awards from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, California Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. His artwork is in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally, including Calgary, Little Rock, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. To learn more about the artist, please visit stephenglassmanstudio.net.
Ball-Nogues Studio is comprised of artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. The studio focuses on an integrated design and fabrication practice operating between architecture, art and industrial design informed by the exploration of craft. Ball and Nogues each received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Their work has been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They received an Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award in 2011 and 2012. To learn more about the artist, please visit ball-nogues.com.