I often allude to how in the City of Los Angeles history disappears fast. Here historical places and sites quickly disappear under the developer’s bulldozer if there is no aggressive advocate to preserve each item. The “get out of the way and don’t look back” attitude means we really have to appreciate what has managed to escape the wrecker’s ball all the more. We are lucky; the building featured in the picture above has managed to escape being plowed under.
Do you recognize the building? Many millions have wandered passed it- by some counts, a couple million each year. I’m certain many folks wandering by probably stopped and clicked away with their digital or phone camera, perhaps in appreciation of the history it represents, or perhaps because it just fits right in with the surroundings.
If you’ve explored Los Angeles both old and new, you should be able to blurt out the name of this famous building right now. But don’t spoil it. Rather, gather up the kids and go visit and enjoy a pleasant day while you’re there.
So. Where in Los Angeles are we? Need a hint? The title of this post is a pretty big hint.
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Say, how did you do with the last quiz? You might recall that I presented a photo with three pieces of public art, taken through a window in the late afternoon.
The challenge I presented was to identify the public art- that is name the sculptures you see below. By the way, public art came from developers as a one percent of the budget set-aside called for by the Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles. The three sculptures in the photo are just a few of several hundred commissioned by CRA/LA over the years.
In case you didn’t guess, the featured photo was taken looking down through a window on the twenty-first floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, hence the angle from such a high altitude. The camera was focused toward the intersection of Fourth Street and Hope Street.
So here are the three pieces:
Approximately in the center of the image (located on Fourth Street) is what looks like a grey rocker with different colored cartoon-like autos; dedicated in 1986 this creation by Lloyd Hamrol is titled Uptown Rocker.
Slightly down and to the right in the photo, located in the courtyard of the CBRE building (400 S. Hope), is the second piece of public art in our photo. Resembling a white swirling ribbon around a white pole, titled Ulysses. This creation by Alexander Liberman was dedicated in 1988.
Finally, down at the bottom of the photo, slightly to the left is what looks like a stainless steel claw pointed upward. Here at the downtown YMCA entrance (401 S. Hope St) is the sculpture titled, Mind, Body and Spirit by Gidon Graetz, dedicated in 1986. The title was chosen to link the art to the YMCA building.
The next time you’re downtown cruise by at take a look at the three sculptures. They are all in the vicinity of Fourth and Hope.
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If you’re like me and love to meander around the city you’ve probably run into these popular and famous places. So here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles.
Here are previous LA Quizzes:
(For the answer to this month’s quiz go to post: See the Beautiful Face? Where is She?, Oct, 2014)