Apollo and Daphne

Second story level of the brick building at 39620 Mission Blvd., across from Stevenson Blvd.

“Apollo and Daphne” by Ron Rodgers, in cast bronze. The “Fountain of Hippocrene,” and “Diatonic Degrees,” are also by Mr. Rodgers. Privately owned.

Apollo loved Daphne, a river nymph, but she was not interested. As he continued to pursue Daphne, she asked Peneus, her father (a minor river god), to transform her into something that would discourage Apollo. Peneus changed Daphne to a Laurel tree and the sculpture shows her changing, putting down roots and sprouting leaves from her fingertips. Apollo then chose the Laurel tree as his symbol and wore a laurel-leaf crown, thus the custom of laurel-leaf crowns for victors.

Mr. Rodgers earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from San Francisco State University, taught at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Ohlone College in Fremont, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and has a studio in Sebastopol, California.