Tuesday, July 24, 2018

10 BEST Public Art in Los Angeles

MOST POPULAR PUBLIC SCULPTURES, 
STATUES, MURALS AND FOUNTAINS 
IN LOS ANGELES

#1:  "Urban Light" :: THE UNDISPUTED BEST   

If you haven't been there, go there. This hugely popular streetlamps sculpture also produces a mesmerizing effect when walking between the lampposts.  It is lighted and open 24/7 with security staff on hand due to its round-the-clock popularity.

Simon Rodia's 99-ft. towers are surrounded by his whimsical mosaic and sculptural art.  Always something new to be discovered.  Did you know the place's real name is "Nuestro Pueblo"?

Commonly called "The Four Ladies of Hollywood," this very Hollywood tribute to the Golden Age of female screen starts, near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has statues of Mae West, Anna Mae Wong, Dolores Del Rio and Dorothy Dandridge supporting a statue of Marilyn Monroe.

#4:  Venice Public Art Walls   
These free-standing public art walls are continuously painted by the most talented graffiti artists in L.A., and they showcase L.A.'s most original and incredible mural work. Because the walls are frequently painted over by subsequent artists, there are always astonishing and fresh contributions.

#5"Giant Binoculars" :: WHAT'S INSIDE? 

This building-mounted sculpture fronts both the building entrance and an upper-level meeting room.  Who resides behind the "binoculars"?  Google offices, of course.  

And across the street, Jonathan Borofsky's 30-foot "Clown" has been freaking out folks for 3 decades, and in 2014 a restoration of the mechanical kicking leg movement added to the bizarre impression.
  
Also titled "The Pope of Broadway," this is L.A.'s biggest downtown mega-mural at FIVE stories high: Anthony Quinn having fun as "Zorba the Greek."  The famous role continues to prompt spontaneous "Zorba the Greek" dance flash mobs throughout the world.

Standing beneath this piece uneasity, you can't but feel the astounding engineering suspension and balance of this huge sculpture in the Museum of Contemporary Art public plaza.
  
Its famous midnight trek across L.A. from the Riverside quarry made headline news, and now you can dance under all 340 tons of it.

A design take-off on the multi-faceted Rubik's Cube, the "Oomo Cube" celebrates the diversity of the world on each of the cube's many rotating images.
  

AND BEYOND L.A. just a bit...

The historic fountain from the 1930s has a colorful evening lighting program focused on the fountain sprays, visible from busy boulevard traffic.

This was Southern California's most stellar public artwork of 2017, a 20,400 lb. double cylinder sculpture inspired by the ancient Cyrus Cylinder declaration of human rights.  Learn more here.  It is awe-inspiring.
   
Who can resist Santa Monica's ferocious water-spewing topiary dinosaurs along the Third Street Promenade?  'Nuf said.   


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Guide to Venice Beach Murals

THE FAMOUS VENICE MURALS ON & NEAR THE BOARDWALK

Listed in order from the NORTH end of Ocean Front Walk to the SOUTH end of Ocean Front Walk

"Endangered Species"
"Endangered Species" (1990) by Emily Winters.

Ocean Front Walk at Park Avenue








"Homage to a Starry Knight"
"Homage to a Starry Knight" (1990) by Rip Cronk.

Ocean Front Walk at Wave Crest Avenue






"Venice Beach"
"Venice Beach" (1990) by Rip Cronk.

1101 Ocean Front Walk [5th story]











"Venice Beach Chorus Line"
"Venice Beach Chorus Line" by Rip Cronk.

Ocean Front Walk at Clubhouse Avenue








"Venice Kinesis"
"Venice Kinesis" (1989/2010) by Rip Cronk [after Botticelli].

Speedway Ave. at Winward Ave.











"Touch of Venice"
"Touch of Venice" (2012) by Jonas Never.

Speedway Avenue at 21 Winward Avenue








"Morning Shot"
"Morning Shot" (1991) by Rip Cronk.

Speedway Avenue at 18th Place


















"Arnold Schwartzenegger"
Arnold Schwartzenegger" (2013) by Jonas Never.

Speedway Avenue at 18th Place









"Luminaries of Pantheism"
"Luminaries of Pantheism" (2015) by Levi Ponce.

Ocean Front Walk at South Venice Blvd.




Venice Public Art Walls @ The Venice Boardwalk

Lazy strolls along the Venice Beach boardwalk let us revisit the many famous Venice murals.
But take a detour off the boardwalk at Winward Avenue, walk out onto the warm sand, and you will catch Venice's fabulous mural show in progress:  graffiti artists at their craft working with incredible colors and designs.


The Venice Public Art Walls   (formerly "The Graffiti Walls") can be painted by just about anyone, which is why all sides of the long walls and structures are always covered with an amazingly diverse collection of graffiti styles.  The artists' works have been photographed throughout the years and archived by community organizations.

Who can paint?  Just about anyone!
Managed by STP-LA Foundation
   info. on applications/rules (as of 7/22/16):  info@stpla.org or bruno@stpla.org, (424) 264-6564

"Endangered Species"
THE FAMOUS VENICE MURALS ON & NEAR THE BOARDWALK:

"Endangered Species" (1990) by Emily Winters.  Ocean Front Walk at Park Avenue

"Homage to a Starry Knight" (1990) by Rip Cronk.  Ocean Front Walk at Wave Crest Avenue
"Venice Beach"

"Homage to a Starry Knight"
"Venice Beach" (1990) by Rip Cronk.  Ocean Front Walk at Wave Crest Avenue

"Venice Beach Chorus Line" by Rip Cronk.  Ocean Front Walk at Clubhouse Avenue

"Venice Kinesis" (1989/2010) by Rip Cronk [after Botticelli].  Speedway Ave. at Winward Ave.

"Touch of Venice" (2012) by Jonas Never.  Speedway Avenue at Winward Avenue
"Venice Beach Chorus Line"
"Venice Kinesis"

"Touch of Venice"
"Morning Shot" (1991) by Rip Cronk.  Speedway Avenue at 18th Place

"Arnold Schwartzenegger" (2013) by Jonas Never.  Speedway Avenue at 18th Place

"Arnold Schwartzenegger"
"Luminaries of Pantheism" (2015) by Levi Ponce.  Ocean Front Walk at South Venice Blvd.
"Luminaries of Pantheism"

"Morning Shot"