Public Art Commissions

Alga Norte Community Park - Aquatics Center

Title of Artwork: Swim and Dive Panels

Date of Completion: 2014

Commissioning Agency: City of Carlsbad, CA

Medium: Copper, brass, stainless steel

Location: Alga Norte Community Park

Dimensions: Five 8’ x 3’ and four 8’ x 4’ panels

Project Description: My inspiration for the swim and dive panel installation comes from the instructor’s handbook that I used as a YWCA swim coach during my college years. The handbook included stop-action illustrations of swimmers and divers that graphically portrayed proper technique and were used as visual aids to instruction. Incorporating variations of these images as the theme, I have created an artwork that educates visitors and suggests the function of the aquatics facility while enhancing its entryway.

Design Team: Wimmer Yamada and Caughey Landscape Architects; Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells; Aquatics Design Group

Awards: 2014 “Award of Excellence”, California Park & Recreation Society; 2014 “Public Works Project of the Year” - San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches

Title of Artwork: Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches

Date of Completion: 2014

Commissioning Agency: City of Carlsbad, CA

Medium: 10mm and 20mm glass mosaics

Location: Alga Norte Community Park

Dimensions: Fifty-eight 10mm x 10mm seat wall and twelve 20mm x 20mm bench inlays

Project Description: My goal was to add color and interest to the benches and seat walls that are sited in and around the therapy pool and children’s play area. To accomplish this, I incorporated the ubiquitous and colorful pool towel as a theme and created fifty-eight designs that are realized in 10mm glass mosaics inlayed into the perimeter seat walls. Twelve more designs using 20mm mosaics enhance the oversized benches in the therapy and play areas.

Design Team: Wimmer Yamada and Caughey Landscape Architects

Awards: 2014 “Public Works Project of the Year” - San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches Mosaic Pool Towel Inlays Seat Walls and Benches

Avenue Water Treatment Plant

Title of Artwork: “Works Projects Anthology” - Main Gate

Date of Completion: November 2007

Medium: Painted galvanized steel

Location: Avenue Water Treatment Plant, Ventura, CA

Commissioning Agency: City of Ventura, Office of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Program

Project Description: The historic Works Projects Administration era architecture of the plant inspired the art deco design of the front gate. The gate recalls the great artworks that were produced during this period in American history that depicted machinery as heroic tributes to the technological advances of our society. The gate was fabricated by Designs In Iron in San Diego, CA.

Design Team: Kennedy Jenks Consultants

Award: 2008 Top Job Award, National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association

'Works Projects Anthology' - Main Gate

Title of Artwork: “Vessel Gate” - Delivery Gate

Date of Completion: November 2007

Medium: Painted galvanized steel

Location: Delivery gate for the Avenue Water Treatment Plant, Ventura, CA

Commissioning Agency: City of Ventura, Office of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Program

Project Description: “Vessel Gate” is a center opening swing gate that features an arch that is cut through with irregularly shaped rectangles metamorphosing into the shape of a vessel. The gate was fabricated by Designs In Iron, San Diego, CA.

Design Team: Kennedy Jenks Consultants

'Vessel Gate' - Delivery Gate

City of Escondido Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

Terrazzo Table and Bench Tops - Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

Date of Completion: Summer 2012

Commissioning Agency: City of Escondido, CA

Dimensions: Two table tops 3’ x 3’, seven benches 1’ x 2’ x 20”

Medium: Concrete block and cementaious terrazzo

Project Description: Two terrazzo picnic tables are sited under a trellis at the South end of the plaza. They feature terrazzo inlays that reference Escondido’s past and future depicting farm equipment, orchards, the night sky as seen from nearby Palomar Observatory and water.

Design Team: Schmidt Design Group, Kimley-Horn and Associates, JSW Engineers, Graphic Solutions, Aquatic Design Group, Burkett & Wong and West Coast Geotechnical Consultants

Award: 2013 Project of the Year Award, American Public Works Association San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter.

Terrazzo Table and Bench Tops – Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

Stacked Stone Furniture – Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

Date of Completion: Summer 2012

Commissioning Agency: City of Escondido, CA

Dimensions: Two groups 20’ x 15’

Medium: Poured in place concrete with stacked stone veneer and quartzite seats and backs.

Project Description: Arranged like furniture in a living room, two groups of chairs, sofas, end tables and coffee tables provide a comfortable setting for visitors to the plaza to relax and put their feet up.

Stacked Stone Furniture – Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

Plaza Water Feature Seat Wall - Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

Date of Completion: Summer 2012

Commissioning Agency: City of Escondido, CA

Dimensions: 40’ x 38” high

Medium: Poured in place concrete, ceramic tile and glass.

Project Description: Adjacent to a small interactive water feature the colorful tile and glass seat-wall recalls the water that was brought to the area by the Escondido flume completed in 1905.

Plaza Water Feature Seat Wall - Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

City of National City

Title of Artwork: "Portals In Time" - Plaza Sculpture

Medium: Glass mosaic, ceramic tile, adobe block, brick, cement castings, brick, stucco and water

Location: 9th Street at National City Blvd.

Project Description: “Portals In Time” is an assembly of colorful depictions of the history and culture of National City on freestanding walls and portals that are arranged to form a corridor in an urban plaza.

'Portals In Time' - Plaza Sculpture

Agriculture and Industry Portal - "Portals In Time"

Medium: 10mm glass mosaic, Castaic brick and aluminum.

Description: One of six portals featuring murals that reference the City's history such as olive orchards and the shipbuilding industry.

Agriculture and Industry Portal - 'Portals In Time'

Filipino Water Wall - "Portals In Time"

Medium: 2" x 2" ceramic tile and cement castings

Description: The City's Filipino community is represented by a ceramic tile water wall that features a native sail design.

Filipino Water Wall - 'Portals In Time'

Palm Desert Aquatics Center

"...recognize Paul Hobson, who created the distinctive "Swim, Dive, Play" artworks that grace and beautify this center" - City Manager John M. Wohlmuth

Title of Artwork: “Swim, Dive, Play”

Date of Completion: June 2011

Commissioning Agency: City of Palm Desert, CA

Location: Palm Desert Aquatics Center

Project Description: Stained and sealed depictions of swim strokes and dive techniques are sandblasted into the pool desks at the Aquatics Center.

Swim, Dive, Play Swim, Dive, Play Swim, Dive, Play Swim, Dive, Play

City of Encinitas

Title of Artwork: Courtyard Gate

Date of Completion: May 2008

Medium: Painted galvanized steel and polycarbonate

Location: Encinitas Community Library

Commissioning Agency: City of Encinitas

Project Description: The 15’ west-facing gate features the sun setting over historic Moonlight Beach.

Courtyard Gate

City of San Diego

Title of Artwork: Mid City Gateway

Date of Completion: 2006

Medium: Concrete, steel, glass and neon

Location: El Cajon Blvd Transit Plaza over Interstate 15, San Diego, CA

Commissioning Agency: City of San Diego

Project Description: Function follows form in the site-specific transit plaza neon gateway sculpture. It features over the road arches and vertical blade signs creating a portal to the community while referencing historic El Cajon Boulevard’s architectural past. The base of the sculpture provides space for restrooms, concession and storage.

Design Team: KTU+A Landscape Architects

Mid City Gateway

Metropolitan Waste Water Department

Title of Artwork: “Vortex”

Date of Completion: November 2001

Median: Concrete

Location: South Bay Water Reclamation Plant

Commissioning Agency: San Diego Metropolitan, Wastewater Department

Project Description: “Vortex” water sculpture is sited near the entrance to the reclamation plant and suggests its function.

In the center of a 24-foot diameter pool a vortex exemplifies the centripetal force created by wastewater going down the drain, the genesis of the water reclamation process.

Design Team: Platt/Whitelaw Architects, Garbini and Garbini Landscape Architects

Vortex

Title of Artwork: “Pictograph Frieze”

Date of Completion: November 2001

Median: Concrete

Location: South Bay Water Reclamation Plant

Commissioning Agency: San Diego Metropolitan, Wastewater Department

Project Description: As part of the facility’s educational tour pictographs are sandblasted into concrete creating a series of friezes on the three process buildings along the tour route. The pictographs are graphic representations of the facility hardware arranged in sequence and serve as visual aids in the tour presentation.

Design Team: Parsons Engineering Science, Platt/Whitelaw Architects, Garbini & Garbini Landscape Architects

Pictograph Frieze

Title of Artwork: “River Fence”

Date of Completion: November 2001

Median: PVC coated chain-link

Location: South Bay Water Reclamation Plant

Commissioning Agency: San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater Department

Project Description: The 1.5-mile long curvy perimeter fence suggests the meandering characteristics of water.

Design Team: Parsons Engineering Science, Platt/Whitelaw Architects, Garbini & Garbini Landscape Architects

River Fence

City of Coronado

Title of Artwork: "Least Tern Wing Pier” - Silver Strand Beautification Project

Date of Completion: September 1999.

Location: State Highway 75, Coronado, CA

Commissioning Agency: City of Coronado, CA

Project Description: Enhancement of a 1.4-mile section of a State Highway that includes wing and grass shaped piers that echo the flora and fauna of the Silver Strand. The least tern wing pier provides a vantage point from which to observe the nearby least tern preserve. Facts about this endangered bird are engraved into the pier railing.

Design Team: Schmidt Design Group, Inc.

Award: 1999 Honor Award - American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter

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City of Los Angeles

Title of Artwork: Alex Baum Bike Bridge

Date of Completion: May 2002

Medium: Painted galvanized steel and concrete

Location: Spanning Los Feliz Boulevard at Interstate 5, Los Angeles, CA

Commissioning Agency: City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Department of Transportation and Bureau of Engineering

Project Description: The 120’ long bike bridge is part of the infrastructure of the Los Angeles River Bike Path Project that links the San Fernando Valley with downtown Los Angeles. Bicyclists ride through two 24-foot diameter bike wheel rims situated at either end of the bridge. A spoke and rim design also enhances the bridge railing.

Alex Baum Bike Bridge Alex Baum Bike Bridge

“Mr. Toad’s Ride” – Direct Access Ramp

Date of Completion: 2014

Medium: Poured in place concrete

Dimensions: 10’ x 680’ x 14”

Location: Hilary Drive at Interstate 15, San Diego, CA

Commissioning Agency: Metropolitan Transit System

Project Description: The railing is a formed concrete artwork that recalls the blowing leaves behind Mr. Toad’s jalopy on his wild ride in Walt Disney's animated adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows”. The project was nominated for a 2016 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award.

Design Team: Estrada Land Planning

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Untitled – Willis Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Date of Completion: 2003

Medium: Random finish stainless steel

Dimensions: Two 10’ x 5’ and four 10’ x 10’ panels

Location: Metrolink at Willis Avenue, Van Nuys, CA

Commissioning Agency: City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Department of Transportation

Project Description: Six stainless steel panels feature cutouts depicting historical and cultural assets of the San Fernando Valley such as agriculture, the aqueduct system and Van Nuys Airport.

'Works Projects Anthology' - Main Gate