Update 2003-Present: More recent images show nature's changes made to the sculpture's patinas following area wildfires. We wish everyone safety when these unfortunate fires spark up. The beauty of the art, the land, and the people prevail.
Update November 2000: Our design team won the 2000 Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for the Barona Casino Entry!!
THE SDAF ORCHID
Update March 1998: The Barona Band of Mission Indians commissioned the National Sculptors’ Guild to design an entry honoring their living and deceased elders. “The Greeters” was ceremonially blessed and dedicated on March 5, 1998 in Lakeside, California.
The design and creation of this monumental statement took the team over a year to plan and execute. The sculptures were placed in August of 1997, and the environmental sculpture and plantings were finalized in early 1998. This placement follows a previous commission by the Barona Tribe, a Veteran’s memorial that the National Sculptors’ Guild and Denny Haskew dedicated in 1996 - "He Who Fights With a Feather"
The Barona are incredibly generous, both collectively and individually, everyone we met were generous with wisdom and nurturing of the future; working with the Tribe has been a highlight for each member of the design team. Learn about their philanthropic efforts
A large-scale art placement was created for the Barona Band of Mission Indians by the NSG design team: Denny Haskew, lead artist; John W. Kinkade, JK Designs, Principal; Greg Hebert Landscape Architect; and Beaver Curo, representative of the Barona Tribe.
The entry statement includes multiple sculptures intermixed with earthworks. The rim of a basket emerging from the earth planted with native grasses as a backdrop for sculptures of stone and bronze. Patterning of the landscaping is derived from the Tribe's traditional basket weaving designs. Oak trees that were the sustenance of previous generations connect the earth to the sky. The monumental sculptures, "Respect all that is Natural", "Observe Nature", "Give of Yourself", "Love Song" and "Trail of Forgiveness", are visible as one traverses the 200-foot diameter site, welcoming visitors to the the Barona Resort & Casino. The sculptures represent all Tribal people, the very young and the elderly, as well as the unborn children who represent the future.
Haskew's sculptures are a combination of bronze and monolithic Dakota sandstone that stand 8- to 13-feet high and weigh 7 to 10 tons each. Emerging from the face of each stone are bronze figurative elements. Haskew has developed a special patina technique to match the unique variations of the stone. The sculpted forms depict an old man, a child, a young mother, a flute player and an old woman. Each has symbolic significance. In his dedication speech Haskew advised that the eagle feather held by the old man is an admonition to “respect all that is natural. That’s everything, all of us . . . . All of life.” The child points her finger to the landscape of the Barona reservation and gives the admonition to “observe nature.” Honoring all the mothers before and after her, the young mother lifts a clay pot that she has made to honor Mother Nature and all mothers “who give of themselves,” Haskew said.
• Respect All that is Natural: The old man holds his prayer feather and blesses this new valley. Respect all that is natural and be one with this new place.
• Observe Nature: The young child points to her new valley. Observe nature, she says. We honor all the small children forced to move from their homes to this new valley.
• Give of Yourself: A woman holds her handmade pottery and tells the viewer: Give of yourself in this new place that we all may prosper. This sculpture honors all the women who had to leave their homes and gardens for a new valley. -Denny Haskew
Beyond the initial trio stands two monoliths, the figure emerging from the larger stone wears a Barona eagle feather headdress, he is a flutist playing a love song to his future bride, represented by a smaller monolith. This smaller stone is void of a bronze figure and “represents woman and the unborn child,” explained Haskew,...“Love is the thing that binds the two together. Love binds all of us together.”
The final sculptural element is of an old woman with her hands lifted in prayer. “A lot of bad things . . . have happened to Native People over the last 200, 300, 400 years,” said Haskew knowingly as a member of Oklahoma’s Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “That Grandmother back there is saying it’s time to find a new trail, a trail of forgiveness.” Her wisdom is imperative for the world's future generations.
The Barona are incredibly generous, both collectively and individually, everyone we met were generous with wisdom and nurturing of the future; working with the Tribe has been a highlight for each member of the design team. Learn about their philanthropic efforts here.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.