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Public Artwork

Delightful artwork can be found within civic, retail and office developments throughout Cerritos. The artwork, which includes a world-renowned theater and sculptures featuring abstract works and realistic depictions of people and animals, adds beauty to the community.

The Public Art in Public Places Project, a non-commercial collaborative public information inventory of more than 1,600 public artworks in public places in more than 100 Southern California cities, is available at

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Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

At the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts lobby

Jamie Carpenter

Blue Glass

Installation date

at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

At the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Cerritos Sculpture Garden

The City of Cerritos dedicated the Cerritos Sculpture Garden as a 50th anniversary gift to the community in 2006. The beautiful garden offers a delightful setting for the City’s growing collection of public artwork.

With both intimate spaces and spacious open areas, the Cerritos Sculpture Garden is an inviting place to experience art, nature and peaceful contemplation. Framed with graceful trees and textured courtside stone walls, the garden itself is a work of art.

The City of Cerritos will continue to place new artwork in the Cerritos Sculpture Garden as the space is designed to showcase 20 pieces. The community is invited to revisit the sculpture garden for years into the future to discover the new art pieces and experience the growth of the garden.

Cerritos Sculpture Garden

Jane DeDecker


Installation date
March 2006

The Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial pays tribute to the victims of the air tragedy that occurred in Cerritos on August 31, 1986. On that date, an Aeromexico flight collided with a smaller aircraft directly above the City, resulting in the loss of 64 people on the Aeromexico flight, three people on the smaller aircraft and 15 people on the ground. The tragedy became known as the Cerritos Air Disaster and prompted the implementation of safer procedures for airport approaches and departures.

The sculpture, designed by artist Kathleen Caricof, features three elements representative of the three groups of people that perished. The piece is created with three different materials including white and dark gray marbles and black granite. The materials have been sculpted into two free-form shapes in the likeness of abstracted wings, which are symbolic of flying, weightlessness and release. The wing-like pieces are approximately 10 feet tall and 14 feet tall, including the pedestals. A third element is placed horizontally and serves as a bench for visitors to rest on and reflect.

The people of Cerritos offer the memorial in memory of those who perished in the disaster, and to provide comfort and serenity to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

“Dancer” is a bronze sculpture created by Lyle London of Tempe, Arizona. It is a hand-fabricated bronze art piece that stands approximately 10 feet high and is 5 feet in width. It is composed of a highly polished metal created in a sophisticated, stylized contemporary form and is one in a limited edition of five. “Dancer” has been installed in a quiet, reflective setting in the Cerritos Sculpture Garden.

The statue was formerly known as “Ocean Dancer” and was originally installed in 1998 to enhance a commercial center located on the northeast corner of Artesia Boulevard and Bloomfield Avenue. When redevelopment began at the site to change it into a luxury multi-family residential complex, the current owner, The Picerne Group, decided that it would replace “Dancer” with a newly commissioned art piece to reflect the architecture and environment of the new development.

The Picerne Group generously donated “Dancer” to the City of Cerritos Municipal Art Collection for all to enjoy.

“The Elements” is a collection of four art pieces created by artist Jane DeDecker, representing the four elements of nature – Earth, Wind, Fire and Water – as embodied by female figures inspired by ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.

Artist Jane DeDecker was recently awarded with the C. Percival Dietsch Award for the “Wind” sculpture from the 75th Annual Awards Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society in New York.

Each bronze figure is approximately 6 feet tall and carved in an abstract impressionist style. The figures are part of a limited edition of 11 pieces for each sculpture. The Cerritos Sculpture Garden is currently the only location to have a complete set of “The Elements.” The four sculptures stand in a reflecting pool with a fountain located in the center of the Sculpture Garden's main plaza. The area is enhanced by a tall architectural hedge.

Artist's Statement

The Four Elements and Four Directions have had a significant influence on our traditions and teachings throughout the ages. Their roots in alchemy, astrology and psychology prove to provide us with a balance in nature and a harmony in relation to everything that coexists in our environment. They are universal archetypes that represent the necessary elements comprising our sustenance in the world, and capture our personal, miraculous existence within that grand spectrum of life. These are my interpretations of those earthly goddesses and the bounty I feel they put forth toward all man kind. I hope you enjoy these creations and find the existence of each one within yourselves.

"Infinity," by artist Cliff Garten, was commissioned by the City of Cerritos for the Cerritos Sculpture Garden. It is a site-specific art piece designed to create a sense of place and to attract visitors from the Civic Center into the garden.

"Infinity" is a sophisticated stainless steel art piece that appears to change formation from different viewing angles. During the day, the lights and shadows from the garden environment interplay with and reflect upon the stainless steel structure. At night, dramatic colors and hues are projected on the sculpture and are visible throughout the garden and from the Civic Center campus.

Garten is an internationally recognized artist based in Venice, California, who has public art installations throughout the country. He was selected by the City of Cerritos for his ability to create a sense of place, to generate energy to the site and for his understanding of balance between art and the environment.

The project was funded by the local business community through the Cerritos Art in Public Places Program.

“Join the Parade,” by Jane Rankin, is an ensemble comprised of eight limited edition bronze sculptures depicting small children in a make-shift marching band using kitchen utensils and cooking vessels as their instruments. The original sculptures were previously located at the Cerritos Plaza shopping center.

Rankin is a prominent artist from Colorado with numerous public commissions and awards. As a former schoolteacher, Rankin has a special connection with children, which are the subjects of most of her works of art. Rankin’s goal is to create art that has beauty and integrity in the craftsmanship and design. She creates sculptures with the intent of providing a catalyst for reflections and pleasant memories.

“Joker” was created by artist Jeff Zischke and was initially installed in the Cerritos Sculpture Garden as part of a temporary sculpture display program, after which it became a permanent piece.

The art piece stands 8 feet tall on a 4x4-foot base. The contemporary abstract sculpture is fabricated in steel and painted with a high-gloss red paint.

Zischke is an artist from Scottsdale, Arizona, who has public art installations throughout the world that explore the cutting edge of sculpture, public art, mixed media and urban transformation. His permanent and temporary projects draw inspiration from organic shapes and modern technology.

“Mirage” is located in the Cerritos Sculpture Garden. The piece was created by artist Ted Schaal of Loveland, Colorado. The contemporary bronze piece is approximately 7 feet, 9.5 inches tall by 15 feet wide. “Mirage” was selected by the City of Cerritos through a Call for Artists for a site-specific piece for the Cerritos Sculpture Garden.

Artist's Statement

The title of this abstract sculpture is Mirage and it is about those ethereal phenomena, which are impossible to actually touch. I was inspired by a desert mirage where a distant mountain range appeared to float in the sky, and this is my attempt to represent it in permanent sculpture form. Creating a horizon and diffusing it with the mirrored stainless orb, which is split in half, I achieve the illusion of a floating landscape. The sculpture is about depicting the mirage's ability to refract light in a way that the earth and sky are combined and diffused, making it difficult to tell exactly where one stops and the other starts. The oblong shape and symmetry of the sculpture causes the form to expand and contract as you approach it and walk around it. I believe that this piece invites the viewer to walk around and view it from different vantage points in an interactive experience.

Cerritos Sculpture Garden

Michael Maiden


Installation date
March 2006

The “Statue of Freedom” is a replica of the original bronze figure that stands atop the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The piece is cast in bronze and measures seven feet, six inches tall (not including the pedestal on which it stands).

The “Statue of Freedom” depicts a female figure in flowing draped clothing with her right hand resting on the hilt of a sword and her left hand holding a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with 13 stripes. The “Statue of Freedom” stands on a base encircled with “E Pluribus Unum,” a Latin phrase meaning “Out of Many, One,” which was adopted as the motto of the Great Seal of the United States, and refers to the original 13 colonies united as one. The base is carved in granite in the likeness of the original cast-iron globe.

The original statue is 19 feet, 6 inches tall and was designed by Thomas Crawford in 1855 to symbolize “Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace.” The placement of the “Statue of Freedom” near ground level in the Cerritos Sculpture Garden allows the public to view it up close and appreciate what stands on top of the Capitol Dome.

The “Statue of Freedom” is located in the center of the Cerritos Sculpture Garden and includes lighting for night viewing. The piece was sculpted by Michael Maiden of Sandy, Oregon, who also created the “Falcon” sculpture at The Grove at Cerritos.

“Strength of the Maker” was created by Colorado artist Denny Haskew and depicts a Native American man bending a bow across his back. The bronze sculpture is meant to represent the strength of a higher power that created nature and man. It measures 60 inches high and 60 inches wide including the bow.

In creating the piece, Haskew, a member of the National Sculptors Guild, states, “'Strength of the Maker' right from its the strength shown even in the toes, is a statement of how I view my very inner belief. Nature and all things natural have always been of the utmost importance to me all my life. Believing in a God, the Great Spirit, Buddha, Mohammed, the Mysterious One and any other beings of greatness is important. I feel they all exude the same message, a life of oneness, of love, of honesty and a source of emotional strength. 'Strength of the Maker' is my visual version of how I see my Maker.”

Haskew, a member of the Potawatomi citizen nation, is known for creating art that reflects the Native American and southwestern culture. His work has been described as intensely personal and honest, reflecting recurring themes of spirit, love, forgiveness, healing, endurance and strength. Haskew has another piece, “Luminaire,” located at the Transpacific Development Company office building in the Cerritos Towne Center.

A limited edition of the “Strength of the Maker” sculpture has been selected for permanent display in the Native American Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. It has won five best of show or first place prizes in the top art shows in the country.

Cerritos Civic Center

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Cerritos Civic Center, Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street

Mark Leichliter

Bronze and Stainless Steel, Fountain

Installation date
March 2002


Mark Leichliter
Born 1966, Loveland, Colorado

“Tsunami,” 2001
Bronze and Stainless Steel, Fountain
10 foot diameter

Mark Leichliter's sculpture “Tsunami” is displayed in the park-like Cerritos Civic Center in the area south of the Cerritos Library. The sculpture depicts a seismic sea wave and is constructed of two elements: a massive (8 foot diameter, 1 inch thick) disk of stainless steel and two cast bronze wave shapes.  The stainless steel disk represents the earth's tectonic plates.  A bubbling fountain at the base of the piece conceals the sculpture's secure anchoring system and gives “Tsunami ” the appearance of being suspended on water. 

Leichliter's inspiration for “Tsunami” was humanity's ability to overcome hardships, including the destruction caused by seismic sea waves.  The conical base has a fissure-shaped trough filled with flowing water.  This element divides the space around the sculpture, creating a focal point of the cascading water that serves as a symbol for the human process of healing and transcending the tragedy of natural disasters.

Leichliter's involvement with artwork began in 1988 when he became the production manager, welder and enlargement assistant for Dan Ostermiller, an internationally renown sculptor.  In 1990, Leichliter apprenticed under Swedish sculptor Kent Ullberg, serving as production manager and specializing in monumental sculpture.  Leichliter began sculpting full-time when he completed his apprenticeship in 1994.

In addition to regularly presenting his work in exhibitions, Leichliter has completed the following commissions:  “Solar Sails” for the City of Paramount, California; “Inner Dance” for Auto Nation, Cerritos; “Spirit of Troy” for the Toal/Chambers Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; “Haiku” for the Michael Harkey Collection, Edmond, Oklahoma; “Caballo” for American Stores Headquarters, Salt Lake City, Utah and “Tropism” for a private collector.

Cerritos City Hall

  • Blink
  • Red + Black
  • Skowhegen

Cerritos Library

Cerritos Library Fine Art Collection

  • Auric Field (Planetary Octave is a companion piece
  • Untitled
  • Las Virgenes Valley
  • Quattro Centric XIV
  • nonFICTION
  • Capitol Project: Covered Site (LI#1)
  • Above the Clouds
  • Two Figures B & R I
  • Untitled
  • Spring Breeze

Throughout Cerritos

  • Along the Way
  • Angelic Duet
  • Architecture as art (United Oil gas station)
  • Aria
  • Artwork at Stacked
  • Balance
  • California Poppy
  • California Yarrow
  • Contained Energy
  • Dragonfly
  • Dome with sculpture Undulating Spire
  • Falcon
  • The Family Tree
  • Fiesta
  • Fireflies, Abby and Sunshowers
  • Flying Heron
  • Fountain of the Rain Forest
  • Funny Papers
  • Fusion Series #3
  • Gandhi
  • Grasslands
  • Inner Dance
  • Intercept
  • Into the Light
  • Kindred
  • Legacy of Literature
  • Lillith
  • Lincoln
  • Live Oak Tree
  • Luminaire
  • Lyric Flight
  • Pat Nixon Statue
  • Paul Revere
  • Quadras
  • Rarin’ to Ride and Baby Greens
  • RE/MAX Fountain
  • Remembering Walter H. Deubner
  • Rondelle
  • Serenade
  • Steel Workers
  • Ten Soaring
  • Untitled artwork at Stacked restaurant
  • Water Henge: H2O = Life

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