The Spirit of Almaden- San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 13.312 W 121° 52.213
10S E 600232 N 4120083
Quick Description: The Spirit of Almaden is a 20 foot, cinnabar-shaded, steel sculpture depicting Almaden’s history. It has flat metal sheets cut in the shape of different people.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/31/2009 11:03:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM6GE4
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JIMBOBWE
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The Spirit of Almaden sculpture is located in Parma Park in the Almaden Valley neighborhood of San Jose, CA. The Almaden Library and Community Center are also right next to the sculpture.

The Spirit of Almaden is a sculpture made of flat metal images arranged in a way that one must walk around the artwork to see all of the figures.

The Spirit of Almaden
The cinnabar coloring was chosen because it represents the color of mercury ore which was mined nearby at the time of the California gold rush. Above are views from the front walking around to the left. To the right is the dedication plaque. Below are views from the back walking around to the right.

There are several individual figures within the sculpture. Here are some close-ups of some of the figures.

Close-up Figures
Clockwise from top left are a horseman, miner with a pick axe, a mountain lion, a girl with a doll and a pioneer woman.

Title: The Spirit of Almaden

Media (materials) used: Steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Parma Park

Date of creation or placement: Sep 10, 1995

Artist: Not listed

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