Burrowed Owl, Sited at Element Hotel, Ontario, CA, 2020.

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Client: Element Hotel

Location: Ontario, CA, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $45,000

Project Team

Artist

John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Developer

Jordan Scott

Glasier House

Fabricator

Ron Ruff

R. J. Ruff and Co.

Overview

The burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout the Ontario area.

What does an owl symbolize … magic, mystery, and knowledge. The owl is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge.

“Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.” ~ Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter

Goals

Create a signature sculpture for the Element Hotel that pays homage to the Burrowing Owls of Ontario, CA.

Process

A partnership between John Randall Nelson and Glacier House.
After discussing a concept and direction with the developer and the City of Ontario, we presented several ideas. With feedback from the selection committee, the Burrowing Owl theme was chosen to represent the wildlife of the Ontario area; the end result of a collaboration between Ontario Public Art, Glacier House Development and John Randall nelson.

Additional Information

The burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout the Ontario area.