The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation received a 2013 Award of Excellence from the California Park and Recreation Society for the innovative Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center. The state-of-the-art interpretive center at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, opened in May 2013 and offers unique recreational opportunities, highlights the County’s vibrant equestrian culture, and features cultural, historic, geological, and artistic displays and exhibits, as well as information on Vasquez Rocks’ roles in numerous movies and television episodes.
“The Vazquez Rocks Interpretive Center is a vital resource that will serve current and future generations of students, families, and visitors learning about our County’s natural resources, history and wildlife,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “We congratulate the Department of Parks and Recreation for this achievement.”
In addition, “Orit Haj”, a piece of artwork at the Center, was named as one of the 50 best public art projects in the 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The annual “Year in Review” program recognizes the most exemplary and innovative permanent or temporary public art works created or debuted in the previous year. It is the only national award that specifically recognizes public art projects.
Orit Haj is a tribute to the Native American culture of the local Tatavium people. To construct Orit Haj, the artist team Didier Hess (a collaborative led by Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess) and community members used an architectural building material called rammed earth, which is a mixture of soil and cement compacted into forms to create a solid earthen structure.