Posts Tagged ‘public art’
Sculpture Impresses Our Private Tour Guests
The impressive Rupert Mok sculpture of two golden dragons rises over the roadway leading into the downtown side of Chinatown, the Golden Dragon Gateway. Dedicated in 2001 the location draws visitors from the nearby Olvera Street historic district over and into a district itself historic. While Olvera Street dates back to the earliest days of Los Angeles and its founding, Chinatown only goes back to the the era of the California Gold Rush and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Chinatown was originally located where Union Station stands today and it was the construction of that beautiful train station that forced the relocation of Chinatown to its present location where it has prospered. Vibrant with Asian culture, exotic shops and restaurants and a healthy art community, Chinatown is a destination for all visitors interested in Los Angeles and its multi-cultural origins and development. A walking tour from 2003 is still a good way to learn about Chinatown and the immediate vicinity either alone or with us on a private Los Angeles tour.
Many of our Los Angeles visitors want to explore the beach communities as well as Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Our private luxury tour guests when we are down on the shore can’t help but notice the block-long mural created by artist Peter Stewart in 1992 located on the east side of Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court in Venice.
Against a stark black background, Stewart’s You Are Not Forgotten mural presents the names of 2,273 soldiers from the Vietnam War still unaccounted for and missing in Southeast Asia.
In addition to the listing of names, the mural features a painting depicting five soldiers from each of America’s major Twentieth-Century conflicts, including a woman soldier from the Gulf War.
Tragically and inexcusably, the mural and wall itself has fallen into great disrepair over the past two decades. Many names are faded or even peeling off the mural. Some are now unreadable. Even worse, the mural is regularly vandalized. If there is ANY mural in town that deserves a prompt restoration, it’s this one.
Maybe it is just our clientele but we often find ourselves being asked about public art in general or about specific pieces that we encounter while on a private luxury tour around Los Angeles. We could easily do a tour just of public art. A tour of public art in Beverly Hills would take all day!
One of the many wonderful pieces of public art found in Beverly Hills is this sculpture entitled Gordon and Lily by Victor Salmones. Find this one at the corner of Camden and little Santa Monica.
Maybe you can help them to cross the street. Be careful yourself!