Donal Hord (1902 - 1966) was born in Prentice, Wisconsin. Because of poor health, he moved at age 14 to San Diego with his family. Hord attended the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts from 1926 to 1928, and then lived in Mexico for over a year on a scholarship. After briefly studying at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia and at the Beaux Arts Institute in New York City, he returned in 1930 to San Diego where he lived until his death. Most of his public sculpture is in San Diego, and includes "Aztec" at San Diego State University and his most stunning work, "Guardian of Water" at the San Diego Civic Center. His "Wheel of Industry," which formerly was located in front of the entrance to the County Natural History Museum, was the first public sculpture executed in Los Angeles under the New Deal. His smaller work was executed in both wood and stone, and is in the collections of many museums, including the Los Angeles County Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, January 1998.
Back to Los Angeles Civic Center.