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la.curbed.com/maps/los-angeles-best-public-artMay 19, 2015More Maps38 remarkable places to encounter public art in Los AngelesFrom Santa Monica to the ValleyBy Bianca Barragan Updated Jul 16, 2018, 1:21pm PDTPhoto by Courtesy of the Triforium ProjectSummer’s longer days mean more time to poke around the city and explore new neighborhoods. With that in mind, here’s our map of notable publicart in LA, highlighting some of the coolest murals, sculptures, and installations in the city.

We’ve included newer pieces—a mural on Skid Row created by residents of the neighborhood—as well as time-tested favorites like “Urban Light” atLACMA. Good public art doesn’t just live in Central LA, as a row of murals on a Pacoima street or a giant fork stuck in a Pasadena road show.An urban-scale rainbow, an interactive hologram, and a space-age sculpture on the brink of restoration—all those and more are featured on this 38point guide to finding public art wherever you go in Los Angeles.1. "Urban Light" by Chris BurdenCopy Link5905 Wilshire BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90036Visit WebsiteLos Angeles's own Eiffel Tower (or Empire State Building or London Eye) is made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps, many of which once stood on LAstreets. The lights are now solar-powered and come on every night at dusk. If you don't want to stand on Wilshire watching them all night, they dohave their own "virtual flipbook" ap.MichaelGordon / Shutterstock.comOpen in Google Maps2. “America Tropical” by David Alfaro SiqueirosCopy Link125 Paseo De La PlazaLos Angeles, CA 90012Visit Website"America Tropical" was painted on the Italian Hall at El Pueblo in 1932, but whitewashed shortly after. The Getty Conservation Institute and the city ofLos Angeles finished up a long-term conservation on the mural in 2012.

Via The Getty ResearchInstitute, Los AngelesOpen in Google Maps3. The Triforium by Joseph YoungCopy LinkN Main StLos Angeles, CA 90012Visit WebsiteSince its unveiling in 1975, this “polyphonoptic sculpture” by mosaic artist and sculptor Joseph Young has been on a rollercoaster. Widely mocked asa boondoggle since its opening, the sculpture faded into the background until recent years, when a campaign to restore it gained steam.

Courtesy of the TriforiumProjectOpen in Google Maps4. Skid Row Mural by Skid Row residentsCopy LinkEast 5th Street & San Julian StreetLos Angeles, CA 90013Visit WebsiteBetween Fifth and Sixth streets on San Julian, this mural depicts the borders of Skid Row and orients the viewer in the area. This mural is the first tobe planned, created, and paid for entirely by residents of the neighborhood, without any help or funding from nonprofits.

Photo by Stephen ZeiglerOpen in Google Maps5. Parking by BanksyCopy Link908 BroadwayLos Angeles, CA 90015This Banksy piece went up in the spring of 2010 on the side of jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino's Sparkle Factory in Downtown. It has stayed intactdespite an incident which resulted in part of it being temporarily vandalized.Open in Google Maps6. Mural Mile by various artistsCopy Link13161 Van Nuys BoulevardPacoima, CA 91331Visit WebsiteA stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima is painted with so many awesome murals that it’s been dubbed Mural Mile. Works by Levi Ponce andHector Ponce can be spotted among the many, many pieces on walls of salons, markets, and other small businesses.Open in Google MapsCurbed LA NewsletterBy signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy.7. "Projection" by Vincent LamourouxCopy Link

4301 Sunset BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90029Visit WebsiteLast month, the spooky ruin that was the Sunset Pacific motel was transformed into a giant white art piece that the artist says was intended to bothblend in and stand out. The hotel is expected to be razed to make way for one of three mixed-use complexes planned for Sunset Junction.Photo by Elizabeth DanielsOpen in Google Maps8. "Levitated Mass" by Michael HeizerCopy Link5905 Wilshire BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90036Visit Website"Levitated Mass" is a 340-ton boulder resting on a 456-foot-long walk-through trench on LACMA's northwest corner.Open in Google Maps9. "The Wall That Speaks, Sings, and Shouts" by Paul BotelloCopy Link3864 Whittier BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90023(323) 260-2330Visit WebsiteThis mural at Ruben F. Salazar Park was commissioned in 2000 by the famed norteño band Los Tigres del Norte.

Via LA County ArtsCommissionOpen in Google Maps10. "Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion" by Cliff GartenCopy Link3150 Wilshire BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90010Visit WebsiteThis 15-foot tall, 10-foot wide chandelier is "created by a cylindrical array of abstracted lotus flower shapes made of laser-cut aluminum andilluminated with white light." The lotus is a symbol of enlightenment in Korean culture.It sits out in front of The Vermont apartment complex, obscuring the parking structure.Open in Google Maps11. "City of Dreams/ River of History" by Richard WyattCopy Link800 N Alameda StLos Angeles, CA 90012Visit WebsiteFind this mural at Union Station, where the tunnels to the Amtrak/Metrolink trains meet Patsaourus Plaza. It reflects all Angelenos, past and present,showing Native Americans, settlers, and present-day residents of LA.Wyatt's done a number of other projects throughout the city in areas that accommodate mass transit, like the 110 Freeway and a Purple Line station.Open in Google Maps12. "Generators of the Cylinder" by Michael HaydenCopy Link

550 South Hill StreetLos Angeles, CA 90013Visit WebsiteColorful circles in front of the International Jewelry Center employ "holograms, a hidden computer, and infrared sensors to reflect the motions ofpassers-by back at them in 'flashes and swirls' of a rainbow of colors."Installed in 1981, the sculpture shut down in 2008, and was refurbished, repaired, and turned back on in January 2015.Courtesy of MichaelHaydenOpen in Google Maps13. Elvis Presley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marilyn Monroe, Beatles by Hector PonceCopy Link5640 Santa Monica BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90038Hollywood specializes in odd celebrity murals, but these are some of the most recognizable ones. They were painted in 2001 on the side of theotherwise unremarkable Harvey Apartments. They underwent restoration in 2016.

Google MapsOpen in Google Maps14. "The Wall Project" by various artistsCopy Link5900 Wilshire BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90036Ten original segments of the Berlin Wall arrived in Los Angeles in late 2009; they were installed on Wilshire Boulevard and painted by artists includingKent Twitchell and Thierry Noir. According to the Wende Museum, which brought the pieces to LA, they "form the longest stretch of this iconichistorical monument outside of Berlin."Open in Google Maps15. “Almost Invisible Boxes” by Joshua CallaghanCopy LinkVisit WebsiteDon't embarrass yourself by walking into one of these nine crafty pieces—they blend into the downtown Culver City landscape at first, but they'reactually utility boxes wrapped in vinyl that's printed with images of the surrounding area.

Via City of Culver CityOpen in Google MapsRelated Maps16. Sidewalk terrazzo by Arthur D. Pizzinat, Sr.Copy Link648 BroadwayLos Angeles, CA 90014The sidewalk terrazzo in front of Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway dates back to the 1930s and includes representations of SoCal landmarks includingCity Hall, the Coliseum, and the Tar Pits.

Courtesy of Wendy Chanof AHBE Landscape Architects / AHBE LabOpen in Google Maps17. "Blacklist" by Jenny HolzerCopy Link823 Exposition Boulevard, The University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA 90007Visit WebsiteIn 1999, faculty in USC's Filmic Writing Program commissioned "Blacklist," which consists of 10 stone benches engraved with quotes from membersof the blacklisted Hollywood Ten. The piece sits in a garden designed by Professor Achva Benzinberg Stein.Open in Google Maps18. "Motordom" by Keith SonnierCopy Link100 South Main StreetLos Angeles, CA 90012"Motordom" is four stories of neon and argon tubes that send red and blue light flashing around Caltrans District 7's outdoor lobby, through its glasswalls, and into the Morphosis-designed building.According to the Department of Transportation, it's the largest public art installation in LA.Open in Google Maps19. "Cradle" by Ball-NoguesCopy Link395 Santa Monica PlaceSanta Monica, CA 90401Visit Website

"Cradle" is made up of hundreds of stainless steel balls hanging in office toy formation off the side of the parking structure at the Santa Monica Placemall. The piece went up in the summer of 2010.Jonathan Grado/CreativeCommonsOpen in Google Maps20. "Drive By" by ElectrolandCopy Link5300 Lankershim BoulevardNorth Hollywood, CA 91601"Drive By" is 240 feet of scrolling LED movie quotes ("Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown,” for instance). It went up and came down pretty quickly back in2007, when the city decided it qualified as an advertisement. After a long fight, the piece went back up on NoHo Commons in early 2011.Open in Google Maps21. "Four Arches" by Alexander CalderCopy Link333 South Hope StreetLos Angeles, CA 90071Calder's sculpture is 63 feet tall and bright orangey red, so it stands out on Bunker Hill, where it sits in the Bank of America building's plaza.According to the Community Redevelopment Agency of LA, which commissioned the piece in the 1970s, its main curves stem from one main spine.Open in Google Maps22. "Luminous Sphere" by Piero GoliaCopy Link8300 Sunset Plaza PlaceWest Hollywood, CA 90069

Golia helpfully put up this Golia-tracker on top of the Standard Hotel in early 2010. The giant, circular white light glows only when the artist is in LosAngeles.Open in Google Maps23. "Great Wall of Los Angeles" by Judith BacaCopy LinkBurbank Boulevard & Coldwater Canyon AvenueLos Angeles, CA 91401The Great Wall of Los Angeles stretches for a half a mile along the Tujunga Flood Control Channel and tells the history of California starting in theprehistoric era. It was started in 1974 and painted by hundreds of young locals, along with artists and other community members.The Social and Public Art Resource Center, the group that created the mural, has been working on a major restoration and extension, as well as apedestrian bridge that would cross over the wash and offer better views of the piece.Open in Google Maps24. Hollywood/Vine Red Line Station by Gilbert “Magu” LujanCopy LinkHollywood Boulevard & Vine StreetLos Angeles, CA 90028For the subway station at the most famous intersection in town, Gilbert “Magu” Lujan (with Miralles Associates, Inc.) went all out. As Metro describes:"Bus shelter designs make reference to Grauman's Chinese Theater, a stretch limousine, and the Brown Derby Restaurant. The elevator entranceresembles a movie theater with its marquee greeting riders on the street.”Leading passengers from the entrance plaza to the platform is a tiled path intended to evoke the yellow brick road from the “Wizard of Oz.” The wayto the platform is also lined with 240 hand-painted art tiles on the walls.Once inside the station, the art doesn’t stop. The interior contains numerous references to the film industry, including decorative film reels on theceiling and two original film projectors from the 1930s, donated by Paramount Pictures.Open in Google Maps25. "Inverted Clocktower" by Tim HawkinsonCopy LinkWest 3rd Street & South Hill StreetLos Angeles, CA 90013Visit WebsiteThe "Inverted Clocktower" is made to look like the relief of a clocktower that was magically removed whole from the corner of the Grand CentralMarket's parking structure. The clocktower's clock dials run counterclockwise and its Roman numerals are reversed.Open in Google Maps26. "sixbeaststwomonkeys" by Peter SheltonCopy Link100 West 1st StreetLos Angeles, CA 90012What are the sculptures of "sixbeaststwomonkeys," which sit alongside the LAPD headquarters Downtown? Then-Chief Bill Bratton guessed they were"some kind of cow splat" when they were installed in 2009. Headless animals? Creepy babies? Who knows, but everyone seems to have an oddfondness for them anyway.Open in Google Maps27. LAX Pylons by Paul Tzanetopoulos/Ted Tokio Tanaka

Copy Link1 World Way, Los Angeles International AirportLos Angeles, CA 90045Thanks to Hollywood, the pylons and LAX letters at LAX are familiar the world over after only 15 years in place. Tanaka's letters are 32 feet high;Tzanetopoulos's 26 pylons range from 25 to 60 feet along Century Blvd. and hit 100 feet at Century and Sepulveda.The lights were replaced with LEDs in 2006—they "burn less electricity while providing more vibrant hues," according to Los Angeles World Airports.However, the pylons' electricity still costs the airport 18,000 a year.John Murphy/CreativeCommonsOpen in Google Maps28. "TEUCLA" by Richard SerraCopy Link405 Hilgard Avenue, University of California Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA 90095"TEUCLA" is 42.5 tons of signature Serra—a "torqued ellipse" twisting its way around the plaza of the Broad Art Center at UCLA.When it was installed in 2006, it was the first work by Serra “to be on permanent view in a public space in Southern California," according to theuniversity’s Art Center.Open in Google Maps29. "Fork in the Road" by Ken MarshallCopy LinkSouth Pasadena Avenue & South Saint John AvenuePasadena, CA 91105Pasadena's giant fork in the road is technically, in a Caltrans median. It first went up in the dead of night in 2009, as a birthday prank for a comedyclub owner. Everyone took such a shine to it that, after some time off the road, it was stuck in permanently in October 2011.Open in Google Maps

30. Venice Art Walls by Anyone With a PermitCopy Link1800 Ocean Front WalkLos Angeles, CA 90291Visit WebsiteThe Venice Art Walls are open for painting by any artist with a permit and the urge (on weekends and holidays anyway). They're curated by InCreative Unity, a "graffitti arts advocacy group," that "has lead the movement to preserve the walls as a living memorial to the high quality graffitistyle art which has taken place on these walls for over thirty years."Open in Google Maps31. Beverly/Vermont Red Line Station by George StoneCopy LinkBeverly Boulevard & North Vermont AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90004Stone, perhaps eponymously, created rocky outcroppings throughout this subway station. According to Metro, they're "based on the actual geologyof this location."Open in Google Maps32. “Watts Towers” by Simon RodiaCopy Link1727 East 107th StreetLos Angeles, CA 90002Visit WebsiteItalian immigrant Simon Rodia built the three Watts Towers by hand over three decades, from the 1920s through the 1950s. They're made up of steelrods wrapped in wire mesh, coated in cement and embedded with shells, ceramic shards, pieces of bottle, and other trinkets. While admission willcost you, they're visible from all over the neighborhood, which is Blue Line-accessible.Open in Google Maps33. “Neighborhood Portrait: Reconstructed” by Jessica Polzin McCoyCopy Link1043 West Exposition BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90007Visit WebsiteAt the Expo Line's Expo/Vermont station, these watercolor collages "describe the window frames, doorways and garden gates that define thearchitecture of entryways" in West Adams. On the platform, there are "similarly assembled paintings of local residents seated in the interiors of theirhomes."

Via MetroOpen in Google Maps34. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue by Rottblatt-AmranyCopy Link1111 South Figueroa StreetLos Angeles, CA 90015For the art-loving sports fan or the sports-loving arts fan, the statue of Abdul-Jabbar (in skyhook position) joined the small group of statues outsideStaples last year. You can also see Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Oscar de la Hoya, and Wayne Gretzky.

Open in Google Maps35. "League of Shadows" by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-SCopy Link960 East 3rd StreetLos Angeles, CA 90013Visit WebsiteFaculty members won a competition to design this SCI-Arc graduation pavilion, which gets its name from its sunblocking powers. Back in 2013, it wasreported the piece would sit in the school's parking lot for four or five years. It’s still there.Open in Google Maps36. "Weather Field No. 1" by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle

Copy Link1615 Ocean AvenueSanta Monica, CA 90401This piece in beautiful Tongva Park is composed of 49 stainless steel poles, each with a weather vane and anenometer, which allows it to create itsown very tiny microclimate.Open in Google Maps37. Chandelier tree by Adam TanenbaumCopy LinkWest Silver Lake Drive & Shadowlawn AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90039Visit WebsiteArtist, contractor, and set-builder Adam Tenenbaum started stringing up spare chandeliers in the tree outside his house one day with the help of hisaerialist roommate, and several years later the neighborhood is in love with this lovely piece. Only in Silver Lake!Open in Google Maps38. "Rainbow" by Tony TassetCopy Link10202 West Washington BoulevardCulver City, CA 90232It's not entirely public, but you can see this enormous rainbow from several spots in Culver City. The piece is supposedly a tribute to The Wizard ofOz, which was shot on the MGM (now Sony) lot.Open in Google MapsRelated Maps 2018 Vox Media, Inc. All rights reserved.Link copied to the clipboard.Los Angeles

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