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The Yokuts Indian

Catagory: Public Art

The Yokuts Indian by Clement Renzi (1925-2009) can be found on Fulton between Kern and Inyo.

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The Yokuts were masters of the San Joaquin Valley when the first settlers arrived. This particular piece was not part of the initial mall art collection. It was added in 1974, around the mall’s 10th anniversary, through a donation by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Deutsch of Fresno. The seven foot high piece was cast in Italy, and rests upon a granite base. It is one of two Renzi works on Fulton, the other is The Visit. Other works by Renzi can be seen in Downtown Fresno at the Fresno County Public Library (The New Book) and at Courthouse Park (The Brotherhood of Man).

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Clement Renzi was a local sculptor with extensive credentials. He studied at UC Berkley, New York Sculpture Center, and University of Applied Arts Vienna. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the University of Virginia, Notre Dame University, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as elsewhere in Fresno and surrounding valley towns. His works enjoy prominent places in public art installations across Central California.



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