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Dos Picos

Artist
Stephen Glassman
Year
2015
Artwork Type
Sculpture
Media & Support
Stainless steel, rock and glass
Department
Parks and Recreation
Location
El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, CA
District
3
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Location

Latitude: -118.417621 - Longitude: 34.317224
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Description

The two artworks at El Cariso Regional Park are in the tradition of land art, in which artists integrate natural materials like stones, concrete and landscaping in the design.

The nearby San Gabriel Mountains provided source imagery for Stephen Glassman when he created “Dos Picos.” Made of Gabion baskets—wire containment structures filled with rocks typically used for creating retaining walls—the sculpture features two 20 foot-tall angular peaks atop a gentle slope of long grasses, designed to guide the viewer's eye to the mountains on the horizon. A team of 20 engineers, fabricators and landscapers helped create the art.

Artist Biography
Stephen Glassman first came to international attention while creating large-scale bamboo installations in urban sites devastated in the wake of the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became local symbols of resiliency as well as a springboard for the permanent, monumental public works he creates today. Significant projects by Glassman include an eight story sculpture for architect Bjarke Ingels’ (BIG) torqued pyramidal skyscraper (currently under construction on Manhattan’s West 57th street); a 4,000 square foot sculpture plaza for the LNR Warner Center in Los Angeles; Arkansas’ Southeast Shear (an NEA/ White House Millennium commission), the Sylvia Campuan Bridge in Indonesia; “Thornton Creek” in Seattle; Calgary’s “Frozen River”; Port of Los Angeles master plan and more. These projects have involved the collaboration of designers and builders including BIG, Arup, The Durst Organization, Eric Owen Moss, Steinberg Architects, Sasaki, Miller Hull, and more. http://sgstudio.la/

About the Artist

LA-based sculptor Stephen Glassman first came to international attention in the early 1990’s when he began creating freeform, large-scale bamboo installations in urban sites devastated by the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became local symbols of resiliency as well as a springboard for the permanent, monumental-scale public works he creates today — art for art’s sake in a social contex. Glassman’s work has been published worldwide, and been awarded with an NEA/White House Millennium Fellowship, a Chrysler Design Award nomination, the London International Creativity Award, and more.