Tuesday, July 24, 2018

10 BEST Public Art 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.