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Public art in LA hard to find, but not rare
Oct 13th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Renaissance expected after

city lifts long ban on murals

Designed and painted by artist Richard Wyatt, the Capitol Records Building’s Jazz Mural has been an aesthetic icon in Hollywood since 1990. Click image to enlarge.

AS ONE OF the creative capitals of the world, Los Angeles (home to Hollywood) should have a visual feast of public art of all genres.
But, perhaps because it lacks a center of gravity like most other modern arts capitals, public art is hard to find except in a few notable locations like world-famous Venice Beach.
Aficionados are expecting something of a renaissance now the City Council has lifted a long-running ban on murals.


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Not-so-world famous Hollywood landmarks: the tour

MANY OF THEM SHOULD BE WORLD FAMOUS
Living a stone’s throw from Hollywood is one of the fringe benefits of life in L.A.
But, for so many of the past 50 years, there was no “there” in Hollywood.
Visitors from around the globe had few choices when it came to checking out world famous landmarks. The community was run down, filled with derelict buildings and people.
That has changed recently.
The revitalization is proceeding apace.
Join us on a tour of some of the not-so-world famous landmarks, some of which should be on everyone’s list.


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Structure is spectacular addition to Hollywood

The most recent addition to a revitalized Hollywood – the place, not the concept – is the spectacular W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard opposite the historic Pantages Theater.
It is intended to anchor the eastern end of the revitalization area, already dominated by the Hollywood/Highland complex in the west.
I had the good fortune to attend a “Get Centered” luncheon event at the W Hotel sponsored by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in April. Check out images of the post-modern structure.


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A world landmark site – for tourists from around the globe

While Hollywood & Highland Center is a must-see attraction for visitors and residents alike, it’s a pity the designers, architects and money-men didn’t give more thought to the overall purpose and utility of the multi-million dollar development before they broke ground.
It could have been done better.


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