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Art in Public Places

(at the Cove Oasis Trailhead, south end of the La Quinta cove, La Quinta, CA)

This bronze shows in 3 dimensions the major hiking trails in and near the City of La Quinta. The trails are labeled by name, and the map legend gives the one-way distance as well as each trail's elevation gain and level of difficulty. Area hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians regularly use this popular map.

(in the City Campus Park, Washington Street at Calle Tampico, 
La Quinta, CA)

La Quinta is fortunate to have an abundance of native desert wildlife. This project incorporates realistic, life-size local desert animal tracks into the pathways of the Campus Park. The tracks were individually hand-stamped into the concrete as the pathways were poured during the park's construction.

The tracks tell stories: baby Bighorn Sheep follows her mother,
Roadrunner zig-zags out from behind a waste receptacle, Coyote changes his path to follothe tracks and scent of a Jackrabbit. Other animals represented include Gambel's Quail, Desert Tortoise, Tarantula, Great Blue Heron and Eleodes Beetle (Stink Bug).

Many of the tracks 
were laid out to interact with the park's landscape, hardscape and water features.


(In the City Campus Park, Washington Street at Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA)

This bronze relief map was commissioned by the City of La Quinta to show the City's rapid growth in area since its incorporation in 1983. Major roads and 8 areas of annexation are labelled. The residential area of the cove is shown nestled within the embrace of the dramatic surrounding mountains.

Braille labels and raised text provide all information for both sighted and visually impaired visitors. A concrete apron and recessed pedestal base allow full wheelchair access from all sides. This map is located immediately adjacent to La Quinta City Hall.


The Living Desert
(47-900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA  92260)

The realistic topographical relief map covers an area of thousands of square miles - from Mount San Gorgonio in the northeast, east to Joshua Tree National Park, south to the Salton Sea, and west to Anza. Other features include the Santa Rosa Mountains, the San Andreas Fault, Mount San Jacinto, the Indian Canyons, and the cities of the Coachella Valley.

All major features are labelled with Braille and raised text, both on the map itself and in the legend. This installation is located on the west side of the main pathway, near the Butterfly Garden.


(Frank Sinatra Drive at DaVall, Rancho Mirage, CA)

This installation consists of two bronze panels, which are part of the Braille path that winds through the park. The first panel is a stylized topographical rendition of the mountains and canyons immediately west of the park - "The Realm of the Bighorn Sheep".

The second panel is a tableau of desert animal tracks. Impressions for the tracks were collected from live animals and include Mountain Lion, Bighorn Sheep, Chuckwalla, Sidewinder and Roadrunner.

Each of these bronzes has labeling in both Braille and raised text.

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