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“Along the Way”

at Liberty Park

Updated December 23, 2009

Along the Way

“Along the Way” was created by artist Shelley Iger Sivak, a native of Bakersfield, California. The piece is made of fused and slumped glass and measures approximately 4 feet by 8 feet. The piece is displayed in the lobby of the Liberty Park Community Center.

The art piece shows a backdrop of three vibrantly colored glass panels signifying the natural beauty of California. The variety of people and cultures in California are represented by bits of intertwined colored and iridescent glass that float across the surface. Overlaying the rich background are two clear textured panels reminiscent of local history. Footprints of cattle overlaid by tire tracks recall the beginnings of Dairy Valley; a place where cattle outnumbered residents 29 to one. Those days are now a distant memory, as Cerritos has become a thriving community.

The second piece references the history and progress of Cerritos as symbolized by the transition of a barren vine into a lush flowering vine. The once rural landscape has transformed as years pass and continues to develop, becoming more and more beautiful and a place filled with opportunity.

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