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El Cariso Community Regional Park General Park Improvements

Orchard and Dos Picos

Artist:
Ball Nogues, Stephen Glassman
Date:
2015
Region:
San Fernando Valley
District:
Third
Location:
El Cariso Regional Park
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
Department:
Parks & Recreation

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Project Description

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.

Dos Picos 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. Orchard 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.

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