Olympic Wannabes

Installed 2020

Artist: Glenna Goodacre
Approximate Dimensions: 6’ 8” high x 11” wide
Materials: Bronze
Developers: Westlake Urban, Inc.

The unique sculpture has been installed in front of the Westlake Offices building on El Camino, with a view toward the Central Park for the children in the sculpture. A couple of this artist's most well known pieces are her creation of both the Vietnam Women’s Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. and the Sacagawea U.S. Dollar image, first minted in 2000.

A description of artist Glenna Goodacre’s inspiration for this piece states:
“The concept of Olympic Wannabes emerged from Goodacre’s observation of children enthusiastically watching the 1996 Olympics, specifically gymnastics. She thought of all of the children around the world doing cartwheels, while aspiring to reach this highest level of athleticism. Thus, the five poses are modeled off the various stages of cartwheels, providing a complex and interesting composition. She grappled with the challenge of balancing the movement of the five figures with an air of light playfulness. She accomplished this through the invisible base that is secured underground, making the children appear as though they are floating, frozen in the graceful movement of a cartwheel.”

520 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402