Water Woman
A life-size sculpture commissioned by Cheri Gaulke for her Construction Authority Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Station on the Pasadena Gold Line. The bronze sculpture is based on an interpretation from an historic photograph of a Tongva Native American woman. The baskets made by the Tongva women were woven so tight that they carried water. The Station’s theme is based on stories from the LA River, past, present and future. The sculpture referenced the Chieftess of the Gabreliano Native Americans in 2002 as well. My goal was to have her be strong, capable and larger than any one ethnic gorup. I wanted every woman to be able to identify with her. Additionally I wanted to carry through the water theme on every level—emotional as well as physical. The emphasis was on the importance of water to the city.