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Castaic Aquatic Center


Bob Zoell
Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley
Castaic Aquatic Center
31230 N. Castaic Road
Castaic, CA 91384
Rick Sholl, Langdon Wilson Architecture
Parks & Recreation

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Project Description

Artist Bob Zoell designed a series of 21 glass panels for the state-of-the-art aquatic center at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex in Castaic, CA. The 330 square-feet west facing glass curtain is a featured element in the entryway of the new 12,500 square feet Aquatic Center. The Center features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a shallow wading pool and a splash pad with water features.  The project was implemented through a design-build method and is silver certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.


Artist Bob Zoell’s expertise in the field of design shines through in the artwork created for the Castaic Sports Complex Aquatic Center. Zoell custom designed a graphic motif that resembles an effervescent underwater scene.

Zoell worked closely with the project architect to integrate twenty one glass panels into the building’s façade. To create the large-scale artwork’s rich blue color, Zoell’s fabricator used a Frit technique, a process used to melt ceramic glaze at an extremely high temperature. Each glass panel is sandwiched between one inch thick insulated glass units, making the design and construction of the artwork consistent with the project’s goals for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification.

The artwork dramatizes the purpose of the facility as a public pool and harmonizes with the interior color scheme. “There is a careful balance to be struck between the location and the artwork,” says Zoell. “When the two elements work in harmony, an opportunity for positive community impact develops, giving art and architecture the power to create a dynamic and memorable urban environment.”

About the Artist

Bob Zoell is a Los Angeles based designer, illustrator and visual artist who creates public art projects that reference typographical shapes and graphic illustration. He has won public art commissions in Denver, Nashville, San Francisco as well as other locations in Los Angeles County. Zoell’s artwork can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of Pasadena and the City of Burbank.