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Wildlife of the Guadalup River

Artist: Nobi Nagasawa (2000)

The 12 sculptures reflect the wildlife of the river. One of the repeated elements in the series, the dragonfly, is considered to be one of the most ancient species that survived from the Jurassic period. The dragonfly references the element of water, as well as the health of the river and its ecological systems. The sculptural insects are of various sizes, heights and locations attached to posts on ball bearings that allow the sculptures to move with the wind. Sunlight creates additional interest by casting shadows through the laser cut wings and reflections off the colorful glass eyes.

The sculptures are intended to reawaken the relationship to the wind, sun, and water, fundamental elements of nature in this urban park. The sculptures also celebrate the Guadalupe River that gives life to flora and fauna and people of San Jose.

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Public Art - Wildlife of the Guadalupe River - 1
Public Art - Wildlife of the Guadalupe River - 2
Public Art - Wildlife of the Guadalupe River - 3
Public Art - Wildlife of the Guadalupe River - 4

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