The Tongva people established a village called 'Chokiishngna' in what is now Santa Fe Springs. Much has changed since the days the Tongvas lived among the abundant natural resources of the area, but plants, animals, and insects that have been present in this region for centuries connect us to the almost unimaginable natural environment in which the Tongvas lived.
These 10 individual mosaics explore indigenous flora & fauna that were integrated into the Tongva way of life and are still found today in the Los Angeles region. The mosaics are situated at the 5 pedestrian entryways of the Villages at Heritage Springs, Santa Fe Springs. Eleven bronze & opalescent glass lanterns, which coordinate with the mosaics, are located at 3 main driveway entrances. The pedestrian and vehicular gates were designed to complement the mosaics and lanterns. (see LIGHTING ELEMENTS & METALWORK)
Mosaic mural made of stone and glass for exterior of private residence
Three mosaic murals (663 sq. ft.) that dominate the front of the 3-deck formal dining room on Explorer of the Seas. The murals recall the constellations in the night skies that guided three early explorers through uncharted waters: Columbus, da Gama, and Magellan. Rendered in stone (some semi-precious) and glass mosaic.