Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’
Our Private Tour Stops at the Traffic Island
So often completely overlooked even by our private Los Angeles tour guests with an abiding interest in the history of movies and early film communities, this sculpture on a Beverly Hills traffic island is a tribute to the early stars and residents of Beverly Hills who organized against the annexation of the city by Los Angeles. Not even 10 years after Beverly Hills was first incorporated, back in 1923, the larger nearby city of Los Angeles set its sights on acquiring the garden community principally because of its water. Were it not for the efforts of Will Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and many of their friends and neighbors the annexation might have happened. Instead Beverly Hills remained autonomous, kept its water and flourished into the beautiful city it is today. In 1959 another group of notable entertainment industry figures funded and commissioned this sculptural tribute to those early leaders of Beverly Hills.
The winter months always attract visitors from the north and east to our local desert community in Palm Springs, California. Mild weather to us Californians means light jackets and socks, to those from winter climes we’re talking shorts and t-shirts, bathing suits and golf togs.
A special treat for everyone this year is a wonderful giant sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose captured in the film The Seven Year Itch. This 26′ tall, 17-ton Seward Johnson
(of Johnson & Johnson) work is a lifelike homage to a queen of the silver screen. She stands in the center of town drawing admirers, gawkers and some very strange people to meander all around her, framed by clear blue skies and the nearby mountains.
The sculpture was erected last May and is not a permanent resident of the neighborhood — at least not yet. There is some controversy surrounding the highly sexualized yet iconic image (and fascination with the lacy panties, a photograph we are withholding to avoid the controversy ourselves). Yet, Marilyn Monroe was discovered at the local raquet club and sat for Bruno Bernard, famous pin-up photographer, and met Hollywood talent agent Johnny Hyde there. She apparently always loved this beautiful desert village.
Palm Springs is less than 2-hours drive from our fair city so a private Los Angeles tour out to the desert is reasonable. We can also fly by helicopter or private jet and spend more of a day trip seeing the desert and noting all the Hollywood history attached to this town.