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Primum Pulmenti (Primordial Soup) Sopa Primordial

De La Torre Brothers
Artwork Type
Media & Support
Welded stainless steel structure
4 ft. 2 1/2 in. x 6 ft. 3 in. x 7 3/4 in.* (1.28 x 1.91 x 0.2 m)
Health Services
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 East Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
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Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho) is one of the top ranked rehabilitation hospitals in the United States, and is a public health facility with a history of excellence and innovation with a patient-family centered approach to care. Vital to the success of the Civic Art Program for Rancho is the engagement of Rancho artists from the art programs and the clinicians, researchers, staff and volunteers that form the Rancho family. The artworks created under the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program foster a sense of community and humanity that reflect the mission of Rancho to restore health, rebuild life and revitalize hope for persons with a life-changing illness, injury or disability, while creating a welcoming, humanizing and uplifting atmosphere for the patients, visitors and staff. Artists Deborah Aschheim, De la Torre Brothers (Jamex and Einar) and Glenn Kaino/Kainoco, Inc.’s civic artworks contribute to the healing environment and are integrated within the Campus to build a cohesive vision that recognizes the power and journey of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

De la Torre Brothers (Jamex and Einar) have created a suite of artworks that acknowledges Rancho’s familial atmosphere of healing, camaraderie, innovation and spirit for the outdoor plazas and interior lobby areas of the outpatient building.
Primum Pulmenti (Primordial Soup)
Sopa Primordial
Located in the waiting room is an aquarium-like installation designed to entertain viewers in the idle moments during hospital visits. The artwork features a lenticular background that adds perceived depth and dimension, with hand-blown glass sea life and plants constituting the main characters in the allegory. These characters convey an homage to the wonders of nature through the playful use of the craft.

About the Artist
Collaborating artists-brothers, Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico (b.1963 & 1960) and moved to California in 1972. Presently living and working in both Ensenada, Mexico and San Diego, California. Jamex started lamp-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach under scholarship; and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started work with glass in 1980, and also attended California State University, Long Beach. Both brothers owned and operated a flame-worked glass figure business from 1981-1997.