Brad Howe designed One Desert Sky For HIGH DESERT REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER




Throughout the construction of the new Los Angeles County High Desert Regional Health Center, two artists endeavored to understand and reflect on the Antelope Valley community through an artwork that supports a healing environment while harmonizing with the building’s architecture.

One Desert Sky

Antelope Valley native and internationally renowned artist Brad Howe designed One Desert Sky. The artwork was inspired by the distinct stories of Antelope Valley community members collected through a series of artist initiated participatory activities prior to the opening of the High Desert Regional Health Center in 2014.

Produced by artist Rebecca Niederlander, the activities engaged nearly 500 Antelope Valley community members and stimulated open conversations revealing diverse cultural perceptions that influenced Howe’s artwork. The activities culminated in an artwork naming contest administered by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History from which the winning title, submitted by an Antelope Valley resident, One Desert Sky was selected by the artist from over 100 entries.

One Desert Sky converts the voices of Antelope Valley residents into icons and symbols that the viewer’s eye may string together as the pieces move and intersect with one another. Representing a collaboration on multiple levels, One Desert Sky’s 8,000 laser cut aluminum pieces were individually attached to metal rods, spray painted with automotive paint and hand assembled by a team of six in Howe’s studio. The fabrication process took over 3,600 hours.




Brad Howe, born in the Antelope Valley, is a Los Angeles-based sculptor with work in collections world-wide including Samsung Corporation, UCLA Anderson School of Business, and Mexico City Ministry of Business and Trade Building. He has been described by art critic Peter Frank as “one of America’s wittiest and most versatile makers of public art.” Howe is represented by Katherine Cone Gallery in Los Angeles as well as various national and international galleries.

Rebecca Niederlander is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, print-making, drawing and social practice. Her most recent work includes an ongoing collaborative project with Iris Anna Regn titled BROODWORK: Creative Practice and Family Life which investigates the interweaving of creative practice and family life. Her solo exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History was titled, “Rebecca Niederlander: We are stardust, we are golden, and we have to find our way back to the garden.” Niederlander received her MFA from UCLA in 2000 and her BFA from California College of the Arts in 1997.


Huell Howser Around the Golden State

Huell Howser was on California PBS television for many years until his early passing in 2013 at the age of 67. Huell had several programs all built around him and a single camera/sound crew travelling around the Golden State. Huell talked to people,toured their homes, businesses, sites and spent 30 minutes having discovery conversations. Huell had been a news person in his home state of Tennessee, but in California he had conversations. Huell was fresh, believable and fun to follow. Huell was a bit travel agent,big kid, explorer and positive force. I myself have always enjoyed exploring our world and esp our state. There are places to go, people to meet, and fun things to do. Huell left us with at least 750 television shows which you can view at Chapman University. Chapman is the recipient of the entire Huell Howser estate and the University has developed an amazing display. Most important of which is a 45 minute documentary by JefferySwimmer about Huell entitled California Gold. My cohort inAVNice, Jim Greenleaf and I and a longtime dear friend Steve Kngsleytravelled to Orange, CA to view the film in March 2014.


Luis Fuerte 12 yr Camera/Sound for Huell Howser 661.948.6006 Luis was very gracious to chat with Jim Greenleaf and myself. We were attending the premier of the film about Huell Howser entitled California Gold at Chapman University. We will learn more about Luis and Huell working together when Luis finishes his book.

Mary Platt,director of Communications/Media Relations Chapman University 661.948.6006 Mary Platt was very helpful when we wanted to come view the Huell Howser movie premier of his Documentary/Memorial/Story California Gold… the story of his life and the telling of how he made his over 700 television programs.


Joseph Rinaudo films, projectors and Huell Howser 661.948.6006 Joe Rinaudo was featured in several of Huell Howser’s California Gold television episodes. Joe was at the premier of Huell’s film at Chapman University. Jim Greenleaf and I got a chance to talk with Joe.

California Gold, Huell Howser’s movie by Jeff Swimmer, Chapman University 661.948.6006 Steve Kingsley, Jim Greenleaf and I went to Chapman University in March to view the premier of Huell Howser’s film California Gold. An amazing film,part Documentary, Memorial, travel film. Huell was an amazing guy…

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