Keeping with this concept are the water features containing ceramic sculptures that call to mind the irrigation standpipes seen in the irrigated fields and orchards. The color, texture, and pattern of the Mall's pavement convey a sense of the area's topography. The ceramic walls with waterfalls, the water winding down a stream to pools, are reminiscent of the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers flowing down from the mountains to create the valley's productivity.
      The Fulton Mall is widely regarded as one Eckbo's masterworks. It is important to know his extensive influence on 20th Century landscape architecture. He published seven books and dozens of articles, establishing himself as the
Bank of Italy
preeminent theorist and reformer in his

Bank of Italy looking North

      Fulton Mall is also an exhibit space for one of the finest public art collection anywhere. In 1964, along with building the Fulton Mall, Fresno leaders felt the project should be completed with some major outdoor artworks that everyone could enjoy. In 1965, donations of $185,000 covered the cost; today it is valued at several million dollars.
      Alongside the major art works, the mosaics on the bench backs were designed by two local artists, Joyce Aiken and Jean Ray Laury. Stan Bitters, another local artist, created the ceramic pipes that soften the angular pools.
      This puts Fresno on the cutting edge of the 20th Century in architecture, art and landscape design.

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