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Downtown Public Art: “Ulysses” sculpture in Bunker Hill

by Alexander Lieberman
Painted steel
Located 400 South Hope Street, at the top of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.

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Downtown Public Art: Corporate Head sculpture 725 S. Figueroa

“Corporate Head” sculpture by Terry Allen (c. 1991)
Located at 725 S. Figueroa in downtown

Plaque on ground behind sculpture reads: “They said I had a head for business. They said to get ahead I had to lose my head. They said be concrete and I became concrete. They said, go, my son, multiply, divide, conquer. I did my best.”

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Downtown LA Public Art: Fort Moore Pioneer Monument

By Henry Kreis and Albert Stewart. 1957. A terra-cotta bas-relief mural located on Hill Street just north of the 101 freeway.

The text reads: “On this site stood Fort Moore. Built by the Mormon battalion during the War with Mexico. The flag of the United States was raised here on July 4th, 1847, by Unites States troops at the first independence day celebration in Los Angeles. This memorial honors the troops who helped win the Southwest: The United States 1st Dragoons who fought at San Pasqual. The New York Volunteers who came by sea. The Mormon Battalion who made on the longest and most arduous infantry marches in history.”

The side panel:

Side panel details:

“On ranchos where herds of cattle ranged pioneers built homes and planted vineyards and orange groves.”

“The prairie schooner stage and iron horse brought many settlers who made Los Angeles a city.”

“Water and Power have made our arid land flourish. May we keep faith with the pioneers who brought us these gifts.”

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Downtown LA Public Art: “Spirit of Growth”

“Spirit of Growth”
By Tony Sheets.
A bas-relief mural on the Broadway Spring Center parking structure on Spring Street between third and fourth in downtown LA.

“Four separate stories in “The Spirit of Growth” speak of the variety in Downtown’s historic core. The area’s ethnic diversity is represented by the figures in the panel on the lower left; architectural history is represented by the Stock Exchange, the Arcade Building, theaters and banks; economic history is represented by grape fields, citrus groves, oil wells, laboring men and the movies; and transportation history is represented by a line of cars, buses, horse-drawn wagons, a trolley and Angels Flight.”

More info on Public Art in LA.com

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Downtown LA Mural: “El Nuevo Fuego”

242 South Broadway, Downtown LA.
On north side of the building.
Mural by East Los Streetscapers.
Completed in 1985.

Commissioned for the 1984 Olympics in LA, but not completed until after the games were over. Click here for background information on this mural.

Some of the athletes depicted include track-star Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Mexico’s championship walker Ernesto Canto, gymnast Koji Gushican, and diver Greg Luganis.

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Downtown LA Public Art: “Topographical Map”

“Topographical Map”
By Joseph Young.
20’ h by 80’ w
High-relief mosaic and granite mural located on the northern face of the Hall of Records. The mural depicts a bird’s eye view of the geologic features and water resources of Los Angeles County. Mountainous areas are black, valleys are brown, and the Pacific Ocean is a colorful mosaic of green and blue tile. Pinkish granite represents the County’s northern boundary at the Sierra Mountains.

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Downtown LA Public Art: “Uptown Rocker”

“Uptown Rocker”
By Lloyd Hamrol.
Completed in 1986. Hamrol described the work as a “tribute to the car culture. It is meant as a parody of the omnipresence of cars and our addiction to their necessity. The piece captures a moment in a bumper to bumper procession of car symbols as they cycle on the loop of an endless highway…”

Six identically shaped 7′ high x 18′ long silhouettes of cars atop a curved, concrete rocker painted freeway color. The cars are painted red, green, black, gray, yellow and blue. Located on 4th Street between Hope and lower Grand, these shots were taken from the upper Grand overpass.

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“Evolution of Printing” – LA Times Relief Mural

Relief mural by Tony Sheets on the Spring Street side of the Los Angeles Times parking structure between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

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Downtown LA Mural: The Bride & Groom

Location of mural:
242 South Broadway, Downtown LA. On northeast side of the Victor Clothing Co. building.

Mural by:
Ken Twitchell, 1973-1976.

Click here to read background information on this mural.


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