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Public Arts Committee

38260 10th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93550

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Back Home

Back Home by Sol Mesz
Installation Date: August 20, 2014

Located at Palmdale Transportation Center, 39000 Clock Tower Plaza Drive

The City commissioned Argentinian artist Sol Mesz to create a sculpture that emphasized the importance and usefulness of recycling.

Artistically connecting the location and the surrounding native vegetation, with the recycled materials used to create the work, the piece was named “Back Home.”


To create “Back Home,” scrap metal for the leaves was provided by local businesses Vision Engineering and U.S. Architectural, while Allan Company and Strategic Materials, Inc. contributed the glass.

The trunk was created from decorative light poles that had been removed from City parking lots during the installation of new solar energy producing shade structures. The branches were designed and manufactured by City employee John Karavidas.

Mesz created the glass portions by hand washing, sorting, and heating the glass in a kiln to ensure that the glass would not crack or break.

For the viewing enjoyment of early morning and late night travelers at the PTC, Vision Engineering provided LED lighting for the project.

Watch a video about the process of creating “Back Home”.

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