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Elaia

El Carriso Recreation Center

Sylmar, California

2012

Description

Inspired by the rich history of olive groves in Sylmar, Elaia is a trio of bronze illuminated sculptures consisting of elegant, swirling olive branches that hang in the main lobby of the El Cariso Gymnasium. The name Elaia is derived from the Greek word for olive. As light hits the sculptures, the experience and spirit of the lobby will reference light being filtered by the canopy of an olive tree. Each chandelier is approximately six feet tall and two feet in diameter and made from 1/16” laser cut bronze patterns of an olive branch. The cylindrical form of the three chandleries compliments the circular form of the lobby. By referencing the history of agriculture in Sylmar, the image of the olive grove represented by the sculptures will be an ever-present reminder of the land and the history of Sylmar.

Information

INFORMATION

Location
El Carriso Recreation Center, Sylmar, CA

Date
2012

Medium
Bronze sheets, Laser cut, HID Lighting

Dimensions
Three Parts, 6’-4” H x 2’-6” W x 2’-6” D each; 11’-5” H x 5’-9” W 5’-9” D overall

Commisioned by
Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Engineer
Patrell Engineering, Glendora CA

Subcontractors
Metal Arts Foundry

Client Reference
Margaret Bruning, Director of Civic Art, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Photography 
William Short
Los Angeles, CA