Thursday, April 24, 2008


Path of the Just: 2002 - 2008

Path of the Just is a landsape sculpture located in the center of La Sierra University , Riverside, CA..It is dedicated to “ those whose lives of altruistic service have fostered human rights, individual empowerment, religious toleration and social justice”  The individuals honored  include Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa, and the Fullers (Habitat for Humanity).

The design consists of giant planters in the shape of the continents of the world, set on tilted planes “pushed up” by  earthquake faultlines. The Path meanders through the continents,  with quotes from the honorees inscribed in the concrete floor of the path.  In the center of the Mall, a split 10 foot boulder will spill water into the central pool then flow below and above ground down the main steps, with the text “Let Justice Flow Like Water”. 

The continental planters, the landscaping and decorative tiles have been done by volunteers;  students, the local community , and visiting groups -students from Australia, the SAGE Seventh-Day Adventists from Pacific Northwest, and others.

Path of the Just: Schematic Drawings

Path of the Just: Detail Continent Construction

Path of the Just: Detail of South Pole Dome

Path of the Just, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

Hoover High School Art Courtyard Project: 2005 - 2007

For this project, students measured, designed, made scaled drawings and models, estimated materials and costs, cut metal,  dug, hammered, made concrete, and installed block retaining wall. Then they learned how to design, set and grout tile on the walls. 

This is the first phase of a plan that will include other student beautification projects on campus. This kind of "Project-based Learning " improves the campus,  students gain thinking skills, building skills, and a sense of pride and community. 

This project was made possible with City Heights Education Collaborative, SDSU Foundation Lowe's Community Grant, Hoover High School  faculty/staff, and donations from local businesses.