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Elaia

Artist
Cliff Garten
Year
2013
Artwork Type
Sculpture
Media & Support
Bronze
Department
Parks and Recreation
Location
El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, CA
District
3
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Location

Latitude: -118.417567 - Longitude: 34.316993
Image: Elaia

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Description

The name of the artwork, Elia derives from the Greek word for “olive.” Sculptor Cliff Garten created a spectacular Sylmar-inspired artwork for the community center at El Cariso Park in Sylmar, CA. Sylmar was once the site of the world’s largest olive groves, hence the name “Sylmar” which means “Sea of Trees.” Moved by this historical connection, Garten designed three suspended, bronze sculptures of swirling olive branches for the main lobby.

About the Artist

Cliff Garten is a Venice-based artist and landscape architect who has created artwork for numerous public art agencies including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Fort Worth Public Art Program and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles.  Garten has also created public art master plans for the City of Calgary (Canada) and the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department.
Garten received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  Garten is the recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation Fellowship for Individual Artists, the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship and the Jerome Foundation Travelling Artist Grant.