Mountain to Sea & Wind Poem to the Sky - CODAworx

Mountain to Sea & Wind Poem to the Sky

Submitted by Christine Nguyen

Client: County of San Diego

Location: Santee, CA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $65,000

Project Team

County of San Diego



A mural and mural was creating for the new Assessor Recorder County Clerk building. I have designed a photo-based mural, a mobile sculpture, and coloring book inspired by the flora and fauna of the County of San Diego and the San Diego River that bisects the city of Santee.The San Diego River in Santee includes more than 1,100 acres of natural riparian habitat. I’ve been learning about the riparian area which is the interface between land and river where specific plants habitat. The riparian zone is important in ecology due to its biodiversity and impact on the fauna and aquatic ecosystems such as the grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands in the area. I’m also inspired by landscape of the mountains and hills that form a natural barrier on the river’s northern and western sides.


The ARCC building will unite a variety of County of San Diego functions and support the agency’s growth and expansion of services. The structure will house tax collector and recorder facilities in the north portion, with assessor and staff support services in the south. All office areas will enjoy natural light and provide views of the surrounding landscape. The county archives will be located within the building’s northeast corner and include highly insulated concrete walls that create a vault-like feel.

Additional Information

Commissioned by the County of San Diego. Architect Miller Hull. Mountain to Sea (2019) - 8'x 28' dye sublimation on aluminum Wind Poem to the Sky (2019)- 10' x 4' x 7' painted cut aluminum