Simi Dabah Sculpture Collection
College of the Canyons is honored to have the largest collection of Simi Dabah sculptures in the world. Installed on both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses, the unique welded-steel sculptures are created from industrial scrap metal. Mr. Dabah is a prolific artist who believes that transforming scrap metal into works of art is not just friendly to the environment, but inspirational for the viewer.
All told, 44 sculptures have been donated to the college, with 39 currently installed – 29 at the Valencia campus, and 10 at the Canyon Country campus. Another five sculptures are awaiting installation.
The first sculptures were installed beginning in the summer of 2014. The college officially dedicated the Simi Dabah Sculpture Collection during a special ceremony at the Performing Arts Center on Nov. 6, 2014. Mr. Dabah himself was there to be honored for his generous donation, representing the largest collection of permanently installed Dabah sculptures anywhere. He heard numerous accolades, offered some personal insights into his craft and inspiration, and witnessed the unveiling of the sculpture the college has named "Phoenix," located just outside the building's lobby.
“This particular placement at this college has been one of the most exciting that I can think of,” Mr. Dabah said. “I’m privileged to have been asked to do it, and I’m more privileged to see the results of the work that was done so spectacularly.”
Since then, additional installations have stretched through 2015, with only a handful of sculptures awaiting placement. Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook personally selected each sculpture and determined where they would be installed as part of a 45th anniversary campus-beautification project.
Updated Oct. 14, 2015