This list includes both the projects on City property and private developers' projects. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image.
"Blue Granite Shift" – Mathieu Gregoire (1994)
Located at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, center courtyard area and the great lawn
A series of granite stones shifting from natural boulders to refined and polished geometric shapes. Water flows from a large weeping rock and ends in a formal geometric pool at the entrance to the Great Lawn.
"Community" – Jeff Lindeneau (1990)
Located at West Valley Parkway and Tulip, adjacent to the Gateway Shopping Center
Two cast bronze triangles containing the silhouettes of human figures stand atop two parallel copper clad and granite slabs facing each other, connoting a passage way.
"Corona" – Nancy Louise Jones (1988)
Located at Auto Park Way North End
Cerulean blue painted aluminum column.
"Eucalyptus Leaf Court" – Christine Oatman (1991)
Located in Kit Carson Park, Southern Kit Carson Park entrance, adjacent to the adult softball fields and tree lake
Five giant eucalyptus leaves, cast in bronze and painted silicon. The leaves form an inlay in the road, a backrest, a bench, and an archway.
"Fountain" – James Hubble (1989)
Located at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9th Avenue and Chestnut
Cast in bronze, it is a memorial to Joyce and Irvin Malcolm, prominent supporters of the arts and the preservation of Escondido.
"Hekklik" – Peter Mitten (1990)
Located at the Escondido Transit Center, West Valley Parkway
A precast concrete and cast pigmented concrete series of rectangular slabs, creating an open passage/valley that one can walk through, sit on, or walk around.
"Herb" – T.J. Dixon and Jim Nelson
Located in Las Ventanas Village, South Escondido Boulevard
A cast bronze figure of a gas attendant standing next to a powder-coated replica of an old gas pump.
"Monuments to Time in the Corridor of Life, Art and Culture" – Mooslin, Sandra Rowe, and Steven Stucky (1998)
A series of interactive works in the eight block central core of downtown Escondido, creating a visual link from downtown to the Great Lawn, adjacent to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The locations are the center medians of Grand Avenue from the hospital to Centre City Parkway, the four corners of Maple and Grand, outside of the Mitchell Room, and the sidewalk from City Hall going into Grape Day Park and the Great Lawn.
"New Leaf" – Dan Dykes (2011)
Located on South Centre City Parkway near Felicita Avenue
Combining three tons of bronze and stainless steel, 18 feet high and thirteen feet long, the shapes dramatically merge together, culminating into a curved stainless steel mesh form at the top. Light passes through the mesh, illuminating the veins of a leaf captured inside the mesh. The green patina represents Escondido’s agricultural past, the stainless represents modern manufacturing, and the stainless steel mesh at the top symbolizes the history of Escondido coming together to form a new leaf.
"On Those Who Came Before Us" – Marsha Judd (1991)
Located at Felicita Town Center, Centre City Parkway
A series of natural stones in a line, resting on the lawn at the shopping center.
"Pillars of the Community" – Wick Alexander (2000)
Located at South Escondido Boulevard
The project consists of multiple locations on South Escondido Boulevard. The project includes nine pillars, reflecting the California Arts and Crafts movement, three murals and sundials, and historic street names sandblasted onto the surface of the sidewalks. The pillars start at the southeast corner of 6th, continuing at the northwest corner of 7th, the northwest corner of 8th, both northeast and southeast corners of 9th, the northwest and southeast corners of 11th, the northeast corner of 13th, and the southeast corner of 15th.
"Queen Califia's Magical Circle" – Niki de Saint Phalle (2003)
Located at Iris Sankey Arboretum, Kit Carson Park
The sculpture garden by this internationally renowned artist is120 feet in diameter. An undulating wall of eight playful snakes encloses a mirrored maze, a center courtyard with eight large totems, a center figure of Queen Califia atop a 13-foot five-legged eagle, and an egg shaped fountain. Exploding with color, every surface is covered in a wide range of mosaics.
For more information, please visit www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx or www.queencalifia.org.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle repairs are underway and the exhibit is closed. The repairs involving excavating, refabricating, replacing and re-grouting many mirror, black and white tiles in the sculpture garden entry are anticipated for completion by summer 2014. Details on how and when to re-open Queen Califia to the public are being worked out. The City is seeking volunteers to establish a docent program to serve during hours the facility will be open to the public. Please check back later for more information about the re-opening date. Thank you for your patience.
"Reflections on Downtown" – T.J. Dixon (1990)
Located on Grand Avenue, in front of Felipe's Restaurant
The cast bronze figures of a mother and child sitting on a park bench.
"Sculpture" – James Hubble (1995)
Located at 221 West Crest Street
A cast bronze abstracted shape.
"Shifting Threshold" – Joan Irving
Eight rectangular glass and steel panels perched on top of poles placed at multiple locations on East Valley Parkway. The center median at Hickory; two gateway pieces mid-block on the north and south side of East Valley between Ash and Harding on the landscaped areas adjacent to the sidewalk; center medians at the East Valley and Rose intersection, the Midway and East Valley intersection, and the center median at Citrus and East Valley.
"The Bakers" – T.J. Dixon (1993)
Located at 2069 Aldergrove Avenue
Three full-sized terra-cotta male figures representing the process of baking bread.
"The Cutting Wedge" – Christopher Lee (1989)
Located at 488 East Valley Parkway and Hickory
A single tall wedge made of quartzite, laminated glass, and aluminum.
"Time Disc" – Jess Dominquez (1991)
Located at Woodcrest Retirement Home, 1255 North Broadway.
Cast bronze disk embedded with found objects.
"Vinehenge" – Nancy Moran and Valerie Salatino, Nature Works, Inc. (2004)
An interactive public art project located in Grape Day Park
The whimsical project includes a grapevine climbing structure with hidden secrets for children to find, a slide decorated with giant purple grapes with mosaic details, benches in the shape of oversized grape leaves and a perimeter of rocks reminiscent of the rocks in the hills around Escondido. The play sculpture is intended for children of all ages and abilities. It is ADA compliant. For further information, the Web site is www.natureworksinc.net.