Indigenous Inhabitants


One of my favorite places to spend the holidays is Newport Beach, where I love to study and photograph the “brutalist” architecture of Newport Center.

In 1967, artist Tom Van Sant created a series he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured the region’s wildlife (some which are extinct now) in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving.  The art can be found incorporated into the headquarters building of the Irvine Company, located in Newport Center.

Tom Van Sant’s work was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.

Can you name other works by Van Sant that can be found at Newport Center?

Photograph by Daniel Stiel