Bunker Hill, Los Angeles
Bunker Hill is an area within 1st St. (north), Hill St. (east), 5th St. (south), and Figueroa St. (west). Robert D. Herman, in his Downtown Los Angeles; A Walking Guide (Claremont, CA: City Vista Press, 1997) has a very nice historical overview of Bunker Hill on pages 85-91. Bunker Hill was developed by businessman Prudent Beaudry (who paid $517 for the property), and in the 1870s and 1880s was a tony neighborhood. The explosion of the real estate market in Southern California in the 1880s brought hotels and businesses to Bunker Hill. In the early part of this century, Angels Flight (see link below) further contributed to the transformation of Bunker Hill, bringing apartment houses. After World War II, the federal government embarked on an urban renewal campaign aimed at clearing slums for private development. In the 1960s, Bunker Hill was "shaved smooth. Curving alleys and intricate street arrangements were replaced by an empty, stretched-out street pattern which frightened away pedestrians. There was nothing to see anyway except weeds, dirt, and endless parking lots." (Herman, p.88) Much of subsequent commercial development occured in the 1980s, as the result of which Bunker Hill and the Financial District provide Los Angeles with its skyline. The page below provides information on public art in the Bunker Hill area (including the downtown YMCA, Arco Center, Wells Fargo Center, California Plaza, and Angels Flight), much of which is made available through the auspices of large corporations and the Community Redevelopment Agency (Bunker Hill is CRA's oldest active redevelopment project).
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- John Neary, Sails, 1990. First Interstate World Tower, 5333 5th St.
- Robert Graham, Source Figure, 1992. (CRA%) Bronze sculpture on top of Bunker Hill Steps, Hope Street near 4th Street.
- Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Unity, 1993. (CRA%) Mural, First Interstate World Center, 633 W. 5th st. Three Renaissance Angels. Reference to the original name of the City of Los Angeles with text both in English and Spanish. Komar and Melamid have an interesting web-based art project (not related to Los Angeles), called The Most Wanted Paintings on the Web.
- The 444 South Flower Building (CRA%)
- Anthony B. Heinsbergen and Company, "Bell Communications around the Globe" mural, 1961. Pacific Bell Microwave Tower (Woodford and Bernard architects, 1954). Grand and 5th.
- Frank Stella, Dusk, 1992. (CRA%) Gas Company Tower (Rick Keating of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, 1991). Close-up view. Image of the model of the mural.
- One Bunker Hill (601 W 5th St and Grand):
- Bill Barrett, Family Baroque, 1992. Grand and 5th, also known as One Bunker Hill (building designed by Allison & Allison, 1930).
- Chandelier, entrance, One Bunker Hill.
- Lobby of One Bunker Hill.
- Ceiling, lobby of One Bunker Hill.
- Hugo Ballin, Apotheosis of Power, 1930. Lobby of One Bunker Hill.
- Merrell Gage, Hydroelectric Energy, 1930.
- Steward M. Ketchum Downtown YMCA: Sculptures at the Morgan Adams Jr. Sculpture garden in the Theresa W. Lindsay Courtyard
- 333 S. Hope Street (formerly Security Pacific Tower, now Arco Center) :
- Wells Fargo Center and Plaza (most of the sculptures displayed at the Wells Fargo Center come from the collection of Maguire Thomas Partners):
- Louise Nevelson, Night Sail, 1985. (CRA%)
- Nancy Graves, Sequi, 1986. (CRA%)
- Robert Graham, Fountain Figures, 1983-1987.
- Joan Miro, La Caress d'un Oiseu,1967.
- Jean Dubuffet, Le Dandy, 1973-1983(?).
- Around California Plaza:
- Alexander Lieberman, Ulysses, 1988. (CRA%) 400 South Hope Street.
- Lloyd Hamrol, Uptown Rocker, 1986. (CRA%) Painted steel. Under the Grand Street overpass.
- Background information on the sculpture
- Description of the sculpture from "A Survey of Important Sculptures in Los Angeles County", June 25, 1998, prepared by Sculpture Conservation Studio, Inc, and by Glenn Wharton and Associates, Inc.
- A short biography of the artist
- A short bibliography of resources on the sculpture
- Cascading Fountain near the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) admission stickers left by visitors on the parking lot behind the museum.
- WET Design and Arthur Erickson Architectural
Main Fountain, 1992. Watercourt at California Plaza.
- WET Design and Arthur Erickson Architectural
Corporation, Spiral Fountain, 1992. Watercourt at California Plaza.
- Mark di Suvero, Pre-Natal Memories, 1976-1980. (CRA%)
- Lili Lakich, L. A. Angel, 1992.
- Michael Davis, Grand Promenade Torches, 1989. (CRA%) In front of the Grand Promenade appartments building, 255 S. Grand. Removed as of March 2018.
- Paul Chilkov, Intermittent Constancy, 2015. Grand Avenue, south of the Broad Museum.
- Angels Flight:
- Sheldon Caris, Untitled, 1981. 700 West 1st Street, The Promenade Condominium.
- Fountain, Promenade West, 1980s. 880 West 1st Street.
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Photos taken by Ruth Wallach
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