Courtesy: Los Angeles County Arts Commission
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Fire Pit

Santa Clarita, California

Matt Dehaemers

Fire Station 156, 24525 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita, California, 91350
Owner:  Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Date:  2011
Placement:  fire stations
Artwork Type:  mosaics (visual works)
Material:  concrete, glass (material), stone (rock)
Description:  Fire Station 156 provides fire protection and emergency medical safety services to Santa Clarita and nearby unincorporated areas of northern Los Angeles County. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility will include a community meeting room, two equipment bays, dormitories and a kitchen. Artist Matt Dehaemers has designed a fire pit for the station’s exterior courtyard. The surface is richly colored and patterned in lithocrete, and the “pit” is a carved-out boulder.
About the artist: Matt Dehaemers received his B.F.A. from Creighton University and his M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin. Dehaemers has exhibited his artwork since 1996 and has been commissioned for various public art projects throughout the United States. His projects were recognized four consecutive years (2004-2007) by the Public Art Network’s “Year in Review,” a prestigious, annual selection of the best new public artworks in the nation. Dehaemers writes, “I want to create a space that honors the story of the LA County firefighter representing aspects of honor, duty, courage, compassion and perseverance, while creating a space for communal gathering and solitary, peaceful reflection.”
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