pillars of the community
for south escondido boulevard a sense of history
the design of the art elements for the south escondido
boulevard street improvement project is influenced by the california
arts and crafts movement. the arts and crafts movement achieved
architectural excellence in california between 1906 and 1914—years
bracketed by noteworthy early experimentation and memorable modern
design. the state’s geography and climate distinguished the
western region from the country at large. its seeming isolation,
exotic terrain and extremely mild seasons caused california to develop
a distinct arts and crafts imagery without losing elements that
were essentially midwestern in motivation, spirit and often in form.
california offered the quintessential place for mature
experimentation with the arts and crafts ideas of utopian idealism
and of a simple life tied to the land. in california, this meant
that artists were challenged by the wealth of natural subjects as
close as their windows. whether depicting the golden poppy, the
torrey pine, the redwood or the arroyo seco, california artists
extolled the state’s natural beauty and bounty.
the art along the boulevard follows the aesthetic
traditions consistent with the california arts and crafts movement.
the intention of the public art is to create a flow in the ebb of
escondido boulevard by linking the past to the present and maintaining
escondido’s unique feeling of city and country. one of the
art elements is entitled pillars of the community. the pillars reflect
the personality of the neighborhoods, each one unique. the obelisk
shape can be seen along the boulevard as columns in craftsman-style
houses. the pillars create a strong vertical landmark and a visible
accent to both automobile and pedestrian traffic.