Here we are admiring this interesting piece of art deco. There are quite a few examples of art deco around Los Angeles, mostly buildings erected during the period when the genre was popular between the World War I and World War II. However, as you can see this is not a building but a fountain. In fact the WPA, circa 1940, constructed it during the great depression and just prior to WWII.
This towering statue of a kneeling lady, holding a lyre, on top of the cascading fountain, depicts the “muse of music”. A smaller companion piece below, depicts the “muse of drama”, while on the other side of the fountain, out of view from our camera is a similar statue representing the “muse of dance”. I love the clean simplistic lines of the structure. It’s a very nice example of “Streamline Modern” art deco.
Do you recognize this iconic LA statue? This should be easy because I’m sure nearly everyone in Los Angeles has been here at least once. If this statue of “muse of music” looks vaguely familiar but you can’t quite place it, I’ll give you a hint. Thousands pass by (or maybe even under) it, twice, every summer evening.
So, where in Los Angeles are we?
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For the answer to this quiz go to the post: Tower and Ramp Sculpture in Los Angeles, Feb. 2014.