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El Paseo de los Suenos - Sunnyvale, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 37° 22.169 W 122° 02.237
10S E 585243 N 4136295
Quick Description: A abstract piece on the corner of El Camino Real and Mathilda in Sunnyvale, CA.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 10/26/2009 1:35:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM7H8B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member txoilgas
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Long Description:
The inventory describes the bronze piece as "Two piece, triangular, abstract sculpture with ridges on inside edges, set directly on the ground."

The plaque reads: "These pages are to give flight to your imagination. The bronze plaque on the site says.
Astronomical elements in El Paso De Los Suenos

El Paso de Los Suenos or "The Gateway of Dreams"
By Gene Flores

Commissioned by the City of Sunnyvale - 1985

This bronze sculpture serves as an homage to both early and modern settlers of Northern California. From the Spanish settlers of the 1600's to the entrepreneurs of the 1980's, people have found great abundance in the Santa Clara Valley region and this has inspired the "dreamer's passion for exploration and invention."

The focal point of the sculpture is the rift or gateway, and is reminiscent of the geological structure of the area. In keeping with the California attention towinter and summer solstices, Flores has incorporated the sun's activity into the design. During winter solstice, the sun is low in the sky, light falls through the rift creating a wide sunlit path., During this time of the year, conversely, when the sun is at its peak during the summer solstice,
a thin beam of light throws a very narrow shadow.

Gene Flores' sculpture draws from the geology, history, and spirit of California. He communicates a sense of strength, simplicity, and organic subtlety. It is a tribute to the past, present, and future inhabitants of the area, who come here to make new discoveries and realize their own dreams."
TITLE: El Paseo de los Suenos

ARTIST(S): Flores, Gene, 1935- , sculptor.

DATE: 1985

MEDIUM: Bronze

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS CA000739

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Located El Camino & Mathilda, Sunnyvale, California


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