Sculptors T.J. Dixon and James Nelson Create Loveable Artwork for Civita Park

Acclaimed sculptors T.J. Dixon and James Nelson have created a bronze rabbit family that will inhabit Civita Park. The site-specific art project tells the story of two little bunnies named Franklin and Alta and their search for the magical Civita stone “that leads them home.”

The bronze storybook will be located near Celebration Plaza. The lifelike bunnies, reminiscent of the desert hares that once roamed Mission Valley, will be found along Civita Creek. This bunny trail will culminate at the Civita stone, marking the rabbits’ long lost home. The husband-and-wife sculpture team is also creating whimsical animal sculptures that will lounge on sofas near the amphitheater.

T.J. Dixon and James Nelson specialize in large scale, public sculpture and design work. Their projects include public and private work on gardens, plazas, buildings, fountains and memorials, including work at California State University, San Marcos, University of California, San Diego, Scripps Memorial Hospital, and Clemson University. Since 1991 they have been working together as public artists for clients including cities, universities and hospitals. Their projects often include collaborative design with landscape architects, architects and other design professionals.

Many of their award-winning projects have not only achieved public acclaim, but have added a unique, distinctive sense of place to many institutions and communities. View their work at

Civita Rec Center Takes Shape

Recent aerial photograph shows construction progress at Civita Recreation Center, scheduled to open in July. The private family-friendly facility will be open to members of the Civita Homeowners’ Association and their guests. The architecturally stunning facility was designed by Bassenian Lagoni architects and Lifescapes International landscape architects. It will feature beautiful views of Civita Park and Mission Valley. Over the next few months we’ll continue to post construction updates so you can see the center taking shape.