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I suspect that [Dayton’s] work has remained under the radar in part because of the timing of his move from New York to Los Angeles in the 1970s. [. . .] In New York, he was part of a cohort of downtown sculptors working with industrial materials such as sheet metal. When he moved to L.A., he continued working steadily in this vein. His work was less in dialogue with movements that were developing in Southern California at the time, such as experiments with light and space.
He was such a fascinating and idiosyncratic California dude, and the land on which he lived and worked is emblematic of that lifestyle. I think it’ll become one of those essential California destinations for cultural road trips and pilgrimages, a place to visit and contemplate his rich life, which was a pretty incredible story—as great a story as you can hope for.