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“Native Risers” steps by Roberto Delgado and Douglas Warnock, bronze and ceramic tile. The steps enter the Detention Facility and Property Warehouse behind Fremont Police Department. Owned by City of Fremont.
Roberto Delgado studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, and earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of California-Los Angeles. His murals can be seen throughout the world. The step risers contain fragmented images pertaining to Coastanoan and Ohlone symbols having to do mostly with the universe as an orderly system. Most are from petroglyphs. Mr. Delgado wrote, “We wanted to give the people going up the steps…a moment when they could shift their attention from the reality of a detention facility.”
Douglas Warnock is a professor of art at Idaho State University. Professor Warnock attended the University of California-Santa Barbara, earned his M.A. at San Jose State University, and earned his M.F.A. at Hunter College, City University, New York. About the steps, Professor Warnock said, “We wanted to reflect the many cultures here and remind viewers that ordinary people, not only political or financial types, helped create and develop the area.”