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“Joy of Music”

at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Updated December 23, 2009

Joy of Music

A statue celebrating “The Joy of Music” was unveiled at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on December 14, 1996 as a holiday gift to the community. The bronze statue, depicting two singing children backed by three musicians, was placed in the grassy area on the northeast side of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, across from the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel.

The statue was created 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.

The artist was on-hand as the installation crew gently set the bronze musicians in place with a crane and secured them to their concrete base.

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