Apollo and Daphne
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“Apollo and Daphne,” by Ron Rogers, cast bronze, located at second story level of brick building o,Mission Blvd. across from Stevenson Blvd.
Apollo loved Daphne, a river nymph, but she was not interested. As he continued to pursue Daphne, she asked Paneus, her father (a minor river god), to transform her into something that would discourage Apollo. Paneus changed Daphne to a Laurel tree and the sculpture shows her changing, putting down roots and sprouting leaves from her fingertips. Apollo then chose the Laurel tree as his symbol and that is why victors are crowned with Laurel leaves.