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