at the Cerritos Civic Center
Updated December 23, 2009
Now a favorite of Cerritos children, the dolphin fountain at the Cerritos Civic Center was unveiled in February 1997 as part of the renovation of City Hall's front entrance. The 34-foot-diameter fountain features leaping dolphins cast in bronze surrounded by dramatic water spouts and dancing droplets.
Also during the renovation, new staircases to City Hall's first and second floors were designed to wrap around the fountain, and a new concrete ramp was added to provide easy access for City Hall visitors who use wheelchairs.
The dolphins were crafted by Colorado artist George Lundeen. A native of Nebraska, Lundeen was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy. He holds a masters in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of arts from Hastings College in Nebraska. Lundeen established his sculpting studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid-1970s where he currently lives and works. He has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and interpretive works for universities, cities, foundations and corporations nationwide, and his work has garnered top awards from the National Sculpture Society, the National Academy of Design and Allied Artists of America.