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Vigor Vortex

De La Torre Brothers
Artwork Type
Media & Support
Welded stainless steel structure
10 ft. x 10 ft. x 8 ft.* (3.05 x 3.05 x 2.44 m)
Health Services

7601 Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242
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Latitude: -118.158551 - Longitude: 33.929603
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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.

Vigor Vortex
Housed in the Don Knabe Wellness Center, the round mandala-shaped artwork exhibits an obviously ocular reference; with the shape functioning like a time travel tunnel for the imagination. The imagery is placed in radial patterns, with subtle variations to break the expected rhythms and lure the viewer in to closer inspection. Images of flora and fauna are intricately woven into an expressive tapestry of natural beauty while the radiating cactuses reveal spinal structures as you move laterally. The design also features visually-altered imagery obtained from the Hospital’s imaging departments as part of its radially symmetrical design.

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.