San Diego County Administration Center Sculpture – San Diego CA

Description

The “Guardian of Water” is a granite sculpture, with a mosaic and frieze around the base. It was created by Donal Hord in 1939, with support from the WPA.

The sculpture is a 23′ high figure of a woman holding an olla on her left shoulder, symbolizing the need for water conservation in southern California. She is surrounding by a mosaic of kneeling nudes- symbolizing clouds- pouring water from jars over a dam into a citrus-fruit orchard.

The San Diego Historical Society Museum has on display a small scale plaster maquette and a film about the creation of this work.

Source notes

http://newdealartregistry.org/

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/hord/guardian.htm

'San Diego Civic Centre Fountain and Donal Hord, Sculptor', by Federal Art Project, California. (at the San Diego Public Library)

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Location Info


1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Location notes:

Coordinates: 32.721900, -117.171000

3 comments on “San Diego County Administration Center Sculpture – San Diego CA

  1. Avatar Henry Vizcarra

    how can i post more photos, i have original b/w photos of the statue dated 1938.

    • Avatar Alex Tarr

      Henry,
      You can either submit them through our form, or e-mail them directly to us at:
      [email protected] and we will post them.

      Can’t wait to see them!

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