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Old 01-19-2015, 04:03 AM
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Less tall, but not less intriguing:

LA City Hall at night

Lots of interesting facts to read here:
Los Angeles City Hall

The iconic top of City Hall’s tower, with its stepped pyramid and colonnades, was supposedly inspired by the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. That grandiose fourth century BCE tomb of the Persian governor Mausolus was one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.
The architects mixed water from all 21 of California’s Spanish-era missions, and sand from each of the state’s 58 counties, into the concrete they used for construction. When the building was finished, City officials honored their new home (and themselves) with a lavish dedication ceremony on 26 April 1928.

Steps and the flag-spangled colonnade at the entrance to Los Angeles City Hall.
All hardware is solid cast bronze, including lighting fixtures and elevator cabs. Decorations include 26 varieties of marble from Tennessee, Missouri, Vermont, Minnesota, Greece, France, Italy and Belgium.

LA City Hall View of Grand Park

The pilars and doorway inside Los Angeles City Hall. ( I could not find any info about the ornamental tile work)

There are two large bronze outer doors, each with six panels sculpted by Armenian immigrant Henry Lion to commemorate the city's history. Above the doors is a quotation from Solomon: Righteousness exalteth a people. Over the door is a Lincoln quote: Let us have faith that right makes might.

L.A. City Hall interior hallway - of course on Thanksgiving weekend everything was closed

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Old 01-19-2015, 04:07 AM
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Detail of the curved stainless steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Although it has only been open since 2003, Walt Disney Concert Hall has attained iconic status as possibly the most distinctive landmark in Downtown Los Angeles. As the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Disney Hall has also earned iconic status for its renowned acoustics.
Frank Gehry’s designs for both the interior and exterior of the hall are based on the abstract swooping curves that have become his trademark.
The curves represent a ship with billowing sails; the stainless steel panels covering the entire exterior represent the ship’s riveted hull.
The stainless steel panels on the hall’s exterior originally had a glossy polish, but because they created so much heat, they were later on sanded to matte finish. A few of the panels, in locations where they can’t focus sunlight, retain their original gloss.

Ted Marcus' Virtual Light Table: Walt Disney Concert Hall - Pictures and Travelogue

A Rose for Lilly
As a tribute to Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney and initial benefactress of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Frank Gehry designed a fountain called A Rose for Lilly. It’s in the shape of a rose— Mrs. Disney’s favorite flower— and covered with pieces of Delft pottery, another of her favorites.

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Old 01-19-2015, 04:11 AM
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A tiled pyramid topped by a golden hand holding a torch.
Built in 1926, the Central Library is an important landmark of downtown Los Angeles. The building’s design to be inspired by ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture, and mainly inspired by Freemasonry, which is, in turn, heavily steeped in ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean mysteries. The Library’s tiled pyramid, two sphinxes, celestial mosaics and other details turn this public space into a true occult temple. It is replete with profound mystical symbolism, sacred geometry, proportions and allusions to important occult works.
More: The Occult Symbolism of the Los Angeles Central Library

LA Public Library: entrance at Hope Street
The Los Angeles Public Library system (LAPL) serves the residents of the City of Los Angeles. With more than six million volumes, it is one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world.
Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue designed the original Los Angeles Central Library with influences of ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture. The central tower is topped with a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on the sides with a hand holding a torch representing the "Light of Learning" at the apex. Other elements include sphinxes, snakes, and celestial mosaics.
Los Angeles Public Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 01-19-2015, 04:13 AM
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Detail of the marble entrance to the Los Angeles Times Building on 1st Street. Bas relief carvings depicting aspects of the owner’s business were typical features of 1930s buildings.

The Los Angeles Times Building, which opened in 1935, is a classic example of the Streamline Moderne architectural style. The architect was Gordon B. Kaufmann, who is best known for the Art Deco styling of Hoover Dam. The Times Building’s design won him a gold medal at the 1937 International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life, in Paris.

LA Times - the rotunda in the lobby features a large globe and murals by Hugo Ballin that depict both images of modern industry and communications, as well as pseudo-historical references to local history (the Native American, Missionary and Pony Express Rider).

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:40 PM
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LA Public art:

A small plaza just to the east of Olvera Street. It’s a nice little space with a view of Los Angeles Union Station across the street with a statue of Antonio Aguilar.
Antonio Aguilar, nicknamed El Charro de México, was a Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, film producer, and screenwriter. During his career, he made over 150 albums, which sold 25 million copies, and made 167 movies.

Bell of Dolores

The replica of the Bell of Dolores, commemorating Mexican independence from Spain, and was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Republic of Mexico in 1968.
On the night of September 15, 1810, at 11 p.m., Father Hidalgo rang the parish church bell, now known as the "Bell of Dolores" to summon patriots to fight for their independence from Spain.

Tiled mural depicting Father Hidalgo in Front of the Church of Dolores by Eduardo Carillo, 1979.

Leo Politi mural, The Blessing of the Animals,
on the Biscailuz Building, now the Mexican Cultural Institute

King Carlos III of Spain statue in the Old Plaza at. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
Olvera Street and La Plaza Los Angeles
Olvera Street AKA Wine Street represents the oldest part of Los Angeles when we were part of Mexico. The original pueblo was settled closer to the river but because of continual flooding the town was moved to higher ground to the west where La Plaza.

One of many Australian Moreton Bay Fig trees surrounding La Plaza with Felipe de Neve in front.
Felipe de Neve, governor of California and founder of Los Angeles
Olvera Street and La Plaza Los Angeles
Olvera Street AKA Wine Street represents the oldest part of Los Angeles when we were part of Mexico. The original pueblo was settled closer to the river but because of continual flooding the town was moved to higher ground to the west where La Plaza.

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:41 PM
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L.A. Freeway Kids mural - a 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural, by Glenna Avila.
Children romping. Located in sight of the Children's Museum. The girls featured in the mural are named Misty, Yuriko, and Jennifer.
Gabriel Estrada, Misty Holan, Yuriko Jung, Gregorio Avila, Kevin Edelen, Jena Perlman, and Joseph Zamora.
L.A. Freeway Kids, which is painted on the north side of the 101 near Los Angeles Street, has been “hibernating” under layers of gray paint applied by Caltrans to protect the artwork from vandalism, according to officials.
Restoration on iconic Glenna Avila's "L.A. Freeway Kids"
"Margaret Garcia worked on the oldest girl, Misty, who is African-American. John Valadez worked on the blond girl in the purple and white striped dress, Jena, who may be the next figure to be revealed. And I believe Eloy worked on the little basketball player, Gabriel". (FROM Glenna Avila)

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:45 PM
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In front of The Museum of Contemporary Art (well kind of in the middle, on top) there is an awesome sculpture made entirely of airplane parts.
Nancy Rubins' Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts is a 25 foot tall, 65 foot wide sculpture that is made entirely of old airplane scraps, wired together to make this beautiful behemoth. This huge mass of chaos takes a uniformed shape.

This sculpture at California Plaza is called Pre-Natal Memories by Mark di Suvero, 1976-1980.

On the AT&T building (located on Grand Avenue, between W 3rd and 4th Streets) there is a 3D mural dedicated to "the golden age of telephones" and how it shaped the world we live today.
The "Bell Communications Around The World" was designed by Anthony Heinsbergen. Old telephone parts were used in its design. Bells, transistors, and switchboards connect the continents and takes us back to the days of calling operators and using something called "phone book" to look up numbers for prank calls.
BTW: I think on this map Japan is missing...

City National Plaza (previously known as ARCO Plaza) is blessed with one of the most beautiful public artworks in LA – an imposing, monumental fountain sculpture by Austrian-born artist Herbert Bayer (1900-1985) titled "Double Ascension."
TW: the original and rather enticing title that Bayer gave to the sculpture was "Stairway to Nowhere," but corporate executives rejected it, saying that it did not properly reflect company goals

Mark di Suvero’s 14-meter-high easel that faces the Bonaventure Hotel at night.
The sight of the 45-foot high metal sculpture by Mark DiSuvero, weighing 25 tons and constructed from 13 I-beams painted bright, vivid red. Even when you're driving through this intersection off Flower and 5th, you can easily catch a glimpse of this towering DiSuvero sculpture, which to me looks like an abstract dream of a Christmas tree.

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:49 PM
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Citigroup Center, once known as the Wells Fargo Building. In the early 80's, with advice from MOCA, bank executives commissioned several prominent American artists to create site-specific artworks. As a result, when you stroll through the public spaces of Citigroup Center – on its plaza levels and garden terraces above – you will discover a hidden-in-plain-sight treasure trove of monumental works by the who's who of contemporary American art.

On the outdoor street level plaza is Michael Heizer’s set of stainless steel geometric shapes: North (two rectangles), East (upside-down cone), South (right-side-up cone) and West (wedge).
Michael Heizer, "North, East, South, West," 1981
Citigroup Center, Los Angeles

At the very end of the plaza hangs a huge wall sculpture by Frank Stella, which is easy to miss as it is tucked away deep behind Heizer's sculptures. Made out of brightly painted honeycombed aluminum and fiberglass panels, Stella's work recalls the tangled web of LA's winding roads and freeways.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Art in Downtown LA

by Alexander Lieberman
Painted steel
Located 400 South Hope Street, at the top of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:53 PM
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Abstract work made of stainless steel and bronze by the Israeli sculptor Gidon Graetz. It was originally titled Composition for Stainless Steel No. 1, but was renamed Mind, Body and Spirit to reflect the YMCA’s motto. The sculpture includes an interactive element: Viewers can rotate it to change what’s reflected on its polished curved surface. Those so inclined might also use it as a medium to make their own art, such as this self-portrait.
Noble idea: One percent art program. One percent of the cost of the building project has to be spent on public art.

Alexander Calder, 1974.
Painted steel sculpture, 63ft. high. Security Pacific Tower, 333 S. Hope St.

Wells Cargo Center exterior

Los Angeles City Hall East tile mural
The Family of Man by Millard Sheets
The two murals to recognize that "California history is rich in contributions from all countries of the world as well as the separate racial groups." According to Sheets, by emphasizing "the contributions of each race and culture to [the] American way of life" and by "depicting the dignity of men of all races and his constructive contributions to life, we create respect of man's infinite variety and purpose to live."
His two murals, installed at a time when Los Angeles was shedding its cultural provincialism, celebrate the city's new citizens by honoring their diverse national origins. In the panel facing Main Street, from the viewer's left to right, the figures symbolize the cultures of the indigenous South American Indian, Islam, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Ancient Egypt, China, Scandinavia, Native Americans, India and Russia.
In the panel above the Los Angeles Street entrance, from left to right, the figures depicted represent ancient Greece, Judaism, France, 19th century America, Africa, Polynesia, Spain (represented by the artist Juan Miro), Switzerland, England, Italy, Germany and Central America.
Public Art, Downtown Los Angeles

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Old 01-20-2015, 02:08 PM
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Wow. Really great shots, once again. You make me want to go out and see all of these pieces for myself.
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