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Chatsworth Courthouse
Artist: Michael Amescua
Title: Tree of Life
Date: 2002
District: Fifth Supervisorial District
Location: Chatsworth Courthouse
9425 Penfield Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Architect: Mosakowski, Lindsey & Associates
Department: Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Located in northern San Fernando Valley, the Chatsworth Courthouse of the Los Angeles Superior Court opened in May 2002. Michael Amescua is one of two artists who created civic art pilot projects for the site.

Amescua’s majestic Tree of Life is a twenty-foot tall stainless steel sculpture situated on the exterior of the courthouse where it is enjoyed by passersby as well as by jurors in the jury assembly room.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life is comprised of ten large decorative medallions which radiate in four directions from a central post; each medallion depicts familiar California flora such as oak, palm and bird of paradise. The intricacy of Amescua’s design lends the sculpture an almost kinetic quality as sunlight and shadows pierce through the open work of the steel.

See Michael Amescua, East Los Angeles Civic Center

About the Artist: Michael Amescua is an artist whose practice is based in East Los Angeles. Amescua has executed many public art projects in the Southern California region at varied locations including the MTA Gateway Transit Center in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Zoo, McCambridge Park in Burbank, Montebello Transit Center, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Amescua holds a BA from Occidental College.