“Indigenous Inhabitants” by Tom Van Sant —

Photography by Daniel Stiel

In 1968, artist Tom Van Sant created a series of 39 panels he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured Orange County, California’s regional wildlife (some which are extinct now).

The panels were cast in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving.

Several of VanSant’s intaglios, including this bird of prey, can be found incorporated into the walls of the headquarters building of the Irvine Company, located in Newport Center, Newport Beach, California.

Tom Van Sant’s work, which can be found throughout Fashion Island and Newport Center, was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.

“Indigenous Inhabitants” by Tom Van Sant —