Apple Ceramic Tile Plaques
Location: The pedestrian mall part of The Orchard Town Center, northwest corner of 144th Avenue/I-25.
See map of plaque locations.
Artist: Redmond Schwartz Mark Design, San Clemente, California
How Acquired: Purchased by the developer, Forest City, to fulfill the City’s public art requirements.
Year Installed: 2008
Comments: A total of 10 ceramic tiles, apple-themed plaques are located within or near the pedestrian-only portion of The Orchard Town Center. Each of the plaques are original, one-of-a-kind art pieces comprised of four ceramic tiles with a ceramic tile “frame.” The plaques are about 18 inches by 18 inches in size. All of the plaques have an apple theme in recognition of the City of Westminster having more than 800 acres of apple orchards in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the vicinity of Lowell Boulevard and 80th Avenue.
The following is a list of the ceramic tile plaques and the information that each one contains, as well as photographs of each plaque:
1. Apple Facts (left) - An apple here and apple there 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air. This is why they float. It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce 1 apple. Apples are grown in all 50 states. The science of apple growing is called pomology.
2. Shaffer Orchards Historic Orchard (center)- One of the many orchards that people would come to see the apple trees blossom. In the spring, operated until 1950 when it was sold to make room for the Denver Boulder Turnpike.
3. Apple Facts (right) - An Apple Here and an Apple There. Apples ripen six to ten times slower when they are refrigerated. October is national apple month.
4. Madison Orchard (left) - Historic Orchard. Each Fall everyone would visit these 752 acres that are now known as Shaw Heights. It was sold in 1922.
5. Red Delicious Apples (center) - type of apple. Mostly widely grown apple in the world, red with darker red streaks, and five “points” on the bottom, it was originally called simply the “Delicious” until the Golden Delicious was discovered in 1914 when the name change was initiated.
6. Large Apple Facts (right) – The largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long. The largest picked apple weighed three pounds.
7. Fameuse Apples (left) - type of apple. Also called Snow Apple or Snow Chimney, it was first noted in Canada in 1739. Coloration can vary, but usually it is solid red or pale yellow, and the flesh is pure white. This dessert, cooking and cider making apple ripens in late September.
8. Honeycrisp Apples (center) – type of apple. This crisp and juicy apple was introduced in 1991. It is a sweet and firm, tart apple that is a cross between a Macoun and Honeygold. An apple a day…
9. Apple Health (right) - Apple Facts. Many different types of apples bring a lot of nutrition to your diet. Here are some of the facts. One cup of apples is equal to... ½ large apple, 1 small apple, Bowl of applesauce, Apple sliced, 8 oz. apple juice. Recipes - Apple butter, Bread, Apple crisp, Pork chops with apple & rosemary stuffing, Chicken apple salad. Apples have no fat or sodium and contain small amounts of potassium. Apples have lots of fiber that helps lead to a healthy heart.
10. Granny Smith Apples -type of apple. This apple has been grown for at least 140 years. The smooth and clean apple is tart and juicy, but most of all it is a sour lovers dream.