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California Song

Capitol Area East End Complex

Sacramento, California



A gem in Johnson and Fain’s plan for the Capitol Area East End Complex, this park mediates between the gardens of the Capitol Mall, the existing neighborhood and the adjacent State Education building. The park is designed as a combination of sculptural paving, a fountain, seating, fencing, and planting, which pays homage to the oak ecologies of California and the Native Americans who were sustained by and harvested the acorns. A six-foot elliptical bronze bowl cantilevers from a large granite boulder cutting a veil of water falling over river rocks creating a soothing place with the sound of water. The fountain sets a soothing tone for this park. Text etched in granite and planting which compliments the sculpture creates a fascinating and useful place.


California Song - Capitol Area East End Complex - Projects - Cliff Garten Studio

Photo Credit Rik Sferra

Capitol Area East End Complex, Sacramento, CA


Granite, Bronze, Mahogany, Concrete, and Planting

Plaza 12,000 square feet

Commissioned by
The State of California, Capitol Area East End Complex, Sacramento

General Contractor 
Hensel Phelps Construction, San Jose, CA

Scott Johnson, Principal, Johnson Fain Architects, Los Angeles, CA
Gregory Gidez, Fentress Bradburn Architects, Ltd., Denver, CO

HLA Group, Sacramento, CA
Metal Arts Foundry, Lehi, UT
Cold Spring Granite Co., Cold Spring, MN

Rik Sferra,
Minneapolis, MN