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Mother Dragon, Fish, Octopus, Two-Headed Dragon, Starfish, Tripod

Artist
Benjamin Dominguez
Year
1961
Artwork Type
Sculpture
Media & Support
Concrete, steel, paint
Dimensions
7 ft. 6 in.x 12 ft.x 12 ft.* (2.3 x 3.7 x 3.7 m)
Department
Parks and Recreation
Location
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
823 Lexington-Gallatin Road
South El Monte, CA
District
1

Location

Latitude: 34.036193 - Longitude: -118.056235
Image: Mother Dragon, Fish, Octopus, Two-Headed Dragon, Starfish, Tripod
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Description

Surrounding Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows Recreation Area are six fantastical aquatic-themed  cast concrete sculptures created by Mexican-American artist Benjamin Dominguez (1894-1974). The artworks include Starfish, Octopus, Fish, Tripod, Mother Dragon and Two-Headed Dragon. These sculptures represent a movement in the early 1960s of modern parks being seen as museums where the public could enjoy arts and crafts of the community. Children were invited to actively participate in the sculptures' whimsical and non-prescribed designs, allowing children to use their imaginations as they play. The sculptures have been beloved for decades. In 2016 they were conserved and repainted so that generations more children can enjoy them.