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Tall Tails

Jacqueline Dreager
Artwork Type
Media & Support
Acrylic, primer on steel
1/8 in.* (m)
Public Works
Van Nuys Civic Child Development Center
14350 Sylvan St
Van Nuys, CA
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Latitude: -118.446313 - Longitude: 34.184437
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Artist Jacqueline Dreager was commissioned to enhance the design of the Van Nuys Child Development Center with child centered artwork. She animated the building's façade at eye level with colorful animal elements. Butterfly, dragonfly, lizard, flying reptile, squid, octopus, lemur, prehistoric shark and a sea serpent intertwine with plant life. Tall Tails is intended to make children curious about the natural world. What are these animals and plants? Why are their tails alike or different? Why is the lemur's tail reaching for the tail of a prehistoric shark?

About the Artist

The work of Jacqueline Dreager, who lives in the Montecito Heights section of Los Angeles, can be seen in many locations around the County. She collaborated on the design of South Hope Park, a pocket-park in downtown Los Angeles; created a series of sculptures for the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica; and is responsible for a landscaped garden area with sculptures in Taylor Yard adjacent to the Metro Link Yard and the LA River in Cypress Park. Dreager holds Fine Arts degrees from the Otis Arts Institute and the Institute of Experimental Printmaking.