Well, what have we here? Statuary from the ancient Greeks? Or the Roman era maybe? These headless statues (otherwise, they are anatomically correct) seemed to mock me. Seeing these perfect bronze bodies, standing atop gilded cones in the sunlight made me instinctively reach up and pinch the (rather thick) fleshy ring around my midriff. Geez-louise, I thought, why couldn’t I be like that?
I’ll bet the desire for physical perfection like the statues on display nags at, not just me, but everyone, and that impulse probably stems from our cultural DNA. Because, not only does Los Angeles beckon to all beautiful people everywhere, but also the constant sunshine and long stretches of ocean beaches remind us that this is really the land of youth and beauty. However, those of us who have fleshy tubes around our midriffs can always take solace in knowing that we are only a gym membership, yoga guru, or hiking trail away from obtaining absolute physical perfection ourselves. Our mantra is, Tomorrow for sure.
All kidding aside, as I stood looking at these silhouetted statues I realized how they epitomized many dreams and ambitions for honor and glory through many generations. These statutes were placed here for those who made it, finally, to vie to achieve their dreams and capture everyone’s attention and admiration. The statues gave honor to them all.
So, where in Los Angeles are we?
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So, how did you do with our last LA Quiz titled, L.A. Public Art Walk? Get Ready for Surprises in Unusual Places. Did you recognize the panel (below) The Evolution of Printing (1988-1989, by artist Tony Sheets,) on the Los Angeles Times employee parking structure, downtown? This photo was snapped from across the street near the intersection of 2nd and Spring St. Starting at the top left, the panel itemized the history of publishing from the invention of modern lettering through developments that led to the specifics of publishing newspapers right down to hitting the streets. Yes, that figure on the bottom right is a Newsie.
I can actually remember the days when newspapers with the latest headlines were hawked on city streets. Today, newsstands (now, kiosks and magazine racks) can still be found at long established sites, though the proprietors are quiet. Also, today most readers get their news on 24 hour news channels or the internet, or both.
By the way, there was a companion panel (above) titled: The Evolution of Los Angeles (1988-1989, by artist Tony Sheets) displayed on the S. Broadway side of the employee’s parking structure. This panel started its story in the upper left with a depiction of the early native inhabitants seated around a campfire and progressed through the Spanish explorers, missionaries, the original Pobladores, and landmark moments in the history of Los Angeles up to the dedication of City Hall in 1928.
Go ahead and swing by the garage and take a look at the two panels. Keep your eyes open though, as you cruise through downtown streets. You never know when you’ll come across a surprise, or two, in unusual places.
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Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with many popular and famous places I’ve featured on these posts. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at these earlier posts and see if you can identify the location featured. Start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next posting.
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
This Public Art Said- Come Fly With Me (Jan. 2015)