Thursday, January 29, 2015

L.A. Cultural Affairs Restores "Florence Nightingale" Statue in Lincoln Park

"Florence Nightingale" (1937)
by David P. Edstrom,
restored 2014

After much hand-wringing last year over the statue's decades-long damage, and after declining an offer from a nursing school to remove and adopt it, L.A.'s Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Recreation and Parks recently unveiled the restored 1937 cast stone sculpture by David P. Edstrom.

Edstrom's sculpture remained damaged for decades -  both hands and the lamp they carried had been broken off, exposing their mounting rods in the arms and torso.  A set of replacement hands were attached at one time, but the effort produced an almost comical effect.   

Restored by Rosa Lowinger & Associates, the "Florence Nightingale" sculpture now correctly shows one hand holding the lamp and the other shielding its flame.  The area surrounding the sculpture's base and 2-foot foundation has also been landscaped with white roses.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"OOMO Cube" Spins Its Public Art Magic

"Oomo Cube" (2014) by Nicole Maloney
Plaza, 100 N. Central Avenue,
Little Tokyo , Los Angeles
Nicole Maloney brings her global effort "to create human oneness" to First Street and Central Ave., next to the Japanese American National Museum, with the Rubik's Cube-style  "OOMO Cube" - "OUT OF MANY ONE"  

Faceted with engaging human faces and mirrors, the "OOMO Cube" sculpture can be spun on its 4-foot pole to catch and reflect the real-time images of those spinning it. 

What a fascinating public art contribution to the plaza.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Garten's "Heart of Compassion" Chandelier Adds Evening Glitz to Wilshire

Winter evenings on Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. are enlivened this winter by Cliff Garten's cool-as-ice chandelier and lighted screen sculpture.
"Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion" (2014)
by Cliff Garten
aluminum and white lighting sculpture;
45 x 70-foot sculptural light screen

As the public art focal point of The Vermont apartments, Garten's "Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion" sculpture presents a splashy contrast to April Greiman's charmingly subtle "Hand Holding a Bowl of Rice" on the Vermont/Wilshire Metro Station across the street (see both on the sculpture's YouTube installation video).
"Hand Holding a Bowl of Rice" (2007)