Capers #8: Things I Never Noticed

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 04-21-2017 08:48 AM 1383 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been exploring the Southland for as long as I can remember. Walking around, driving around. Always observant. I’ve worn out cameras, in my lifetime. Yet, on a fairly regular basis, I come across things that make me scratch my head in wonder.

How, on God’s Green Earth, have I not noticed this?

Here’s one of those things. I came across it, yesterday, about four miles from home, in Uptown Whittier, while cooling my heels. I’m leaning against my car, looking around. I look to my left, at a small park I’ve driven past thousands of times. I’m all,


Here’s what I saw. I have no bloody clue how long it’s been there. I’ve gone past this thing, not thirty feet away from it, literally, thousands of times.

It’s huge. It’s bronze. It’s beautiful. And, until yesterday, it was invisible.

Yet again, my sensibilities are slapped upside the head by the knowledge that I don’t know everything there is to know about everything there is.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 10:58 AM

And it there any sign descibing what it means?

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#2 posted 04-21-2017 11:27 AM

See the “The Garden Gate” at
The following is inscribed on the piece:

People, Place and Meaning

Through time these hills have witnessed people of various cultures. Many have left their impression upon its soil. The Tonga Gabrielano people were perhaps the earliest. They journeyed through this site upon a footpath from the Pacific Ocean extending to the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. The Spanish and Mexican also utilized this ancient trail that became known as North Walk. One of Whittier’s earliest settlers recognized the potential of this garden setting. Harriet Williams Russell Strong (1844-1926) with her husband Charles purchased 220 acres from Pio Pico, California’s last Mexican Governor. Rancho Del Fuerte once thrived upon the harvest of citrus, fruit and walnut trees. These trees provided a vehicle by which individuals were transported and transformed into a community. North Walk eventually became Norwalk Boulevard. Through time footprints became a path and the footpath a boulevard.

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#3 posted 04-21-2017 11:57 AM


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#4 posted 04-21-2017 12:04 PM

Mark, I think should copy it in wood! :-)

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#5 posted 04-21-2017 01:37 PM

ditto Charlie ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ LMAO :<))


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#6 posted 04-21-2017 01:40 PM

Your mind was in the clouds thinking creative thoughts of new ideas for lathe projects. That really interesting, a beautiful sculpture and beautiful setting, start looking around and see what else you missed. Guess you are a very focused person.. We drive down the road and my wife says look at that, I say it has been there for years.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 04-21-2017 11:00 PM

Cool sculpture, would love to have something of this quality in my neighborhood park. Always enjoy your “capers” Mark.

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#8 posted 04-21-2017 11:56 PM

That is just beautiful.
Reminds me of a gate way to a lost garden path for some reason.

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 04-22-2017 07:21 AM

And it there any sign describing what it means?

- Jim Jakosh

I saw no sign or plaque. I did, however, follow the link given above by Ron Aylor. I was surprised by what I read, quite frankly.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 04-22-2017 09:36 PM

Nice find Mark.

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#11 posted 07-31-2017 10:11 PM

I think our environment is full of interesting items we miss as we go about a daily lives.
They tend to go unnoticed umtil somebody points them out or researches them.

Here is a fairly bland shelter in our local park, all very plain and possibly not even considered worth a second look, howerer it was an above ground air raid selter in its former life. No doubt extensively modified by the walls removal, but there you go!

-- Regards Robert

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