Saturday, November 08, 2014

Fountain of Two Oceans



I have walked and driven by this statue many a time, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I actually stopped to check it out. Titled "Fountain of Two Oceans," it was sculpted by Sergio Benvenuti in Florence, Italy and is located at Fifth Avenue and B Street in San Diego. Its large nude figures represent the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Benvenuti was trained in Florence by Antonio Berti, an official sculptor to the Vatican and to the Royal Family. In the United States, he also made the equestrian monument for the Broncos Stadium in Denver, Colorado.



In 1982, Patrick Bowlen, President of Bowlen Holding Inc., wanted a sculpture to be created in Florence, Italy (one of his favorite cities) at a new skyscraper being built in San Diego. Bowlen's collaborator, Florentine Dudi Berretti, came to the Fonderia Marinelli (a bell foundry and an artisan foundry that produces bronze portals, bas-reliefs, church artifacts, and bell restorations). Ferdinando Marinelli Jr. and his close collaborator Sergio Benvenuti proposed a series of drawings and sketches for a fountain that would represent the two oceans framing America. The project continued with two visits to San Diego and various visits of Berretti and Bowlen to Florence, resulting in the creation of the two enlarged models in clay and the final bronze casting.



For Lee - here's take two. Again, not much detail, but it does look like the Harbor Boulevard sign as you guessed:



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3 comments:

JG said...

Dave and CoxPilot.

I don't mean to be contrary, but I think the sign in this pic is not the one on Harbor, but instead is this one for the Disneyland Hotel >>

http://davelandweb.com/disneylandhotel/popup.htm?images/hotel/60s/KTPBKYC126_10_66_N02R2.jpg

The larger photo shows the red sign on the hotel tower in the same shot, but the Harbor sign is in the opposite direction. I don't think we can see both signs in the same frame.

The hotel sign was parallel to West St. and south of the hotel tower and would be more likely to be seen in this view.

Still a cool picture. Just trying to help.

JG

Dave DeCaro said...

JG - I don't have the patience to figure out which one it is, so your help is appreciated!

JG said...

LOL. Too much time on my hands...

JG