THIS bronze sculpture serves as an homage to both early and modern settlers of Northern California. From the Spanish settlers of the 1600’s to the entrepreneurs of the 1980’s, people have found great abundance in the Santa Clara Valley region and this has inspired the “dreamer’s passion for exploration and invention.”
The focal point of the sculpture is the rift or gateway, and is reminiscent of the geological structure of the area. In keeping with the California attention towinter and summer solstices, Flores has incorporated the sun’s activity into the design. During winter solstice, the sun is low in the sky, light falls through the rift creating a wide sunlit path., During this time of the year, conversely, when the sun is at its peak during the summer solstice, a thin beam of light throws a very narrow shadow.