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Andrew Leicester
Zanja Madre

Project Area:  CBD-South Park
Project:  801 Figueroa Tower
Project Location:  801 S. Figueroa Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


This artist-designed garden plaza is an allegorical landscape that explores the importation and use of water in urban Los Angeles. A quadrafoil fountain stands at one end where benches and desert vegetation are planted. The basin is cross shaped to represent the four rivers of paradise. Representing the Los Angeles River, water flows down a tiled area to the "City of Columns" that consists of three pairs of columns. The first pair of columns represent water wells; the second, skyscrapers; and the third resembles the tower buildings that are part of this fountain. Two of the columns contain lights: between these is a dark bat-like gate called "The Guardian of the Gate." Four ornamental gates at the last set of columns stand at the entrance of the plaza. The plaza is illuminated at night from a light source inside two of the columns. The title is Spanish for "Mother Ditch," what the original settlers called the Los Angeles River.

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Artist Profile

Andrew Leicester obtained his MFA from Manchester University, England and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  He has received numerous awards for his public art project, Zanja Madre, including the Downtown Breakfast Club’s Rose Award; Los Angeles Business Council’s 23rd Annual Urban Beautification Awards; and a Professional Honor Award, California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Other awards include Design for Transportation National Award for Ghost Series, New York; Diamond Award - Spectrum ‘92, National Ceramic Tile Competition for G-Nome Project, Iowa; Top Honor Award for Cincinnati Gateway, at International Waterfront Conference, Washington D.C.; and an Award of Excellence for Horton’s Tree Plaza, National Concrete Masonry Association.  The artist lives and works in Minneapolis.