Information about this sculpture came from "A Survey of Important Sculptures in Los Angeles County" June 25, 1998, prepared by Sculpture Conservation Studio, Inc., and Glenn Wharton and Associates, Inc. Do not reproduce information from this site without acknowledgement.

Artist: Gage, Merrell ( artist) Ralph C. Flewelling ( architect)

Title: " Electric Fountain"

Location: Santa Monica and Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills ( part of the Beverly Gardens)

Date of Manufacture: unidentified

Date of Installation: 1931

Foundry or Fabrication: unidentified

Dimensions: pool diameter 50'-0"

Plaque: Yes. Located on wall behind fountain.

Inscriptions: This ground was purchased and developed/ into a park by the property owners of Beverly Hills north of Santa Monica/ Boulevard who have donated it to the city, all under the sponsorship of/ The Beverly Hills residential/ Protective Association/ names/ Dedicated A.D. 1931/ For this fountain/ Ralph C. Flewelling- Architect/ Merrell Cage- Sculptor

Siting: The fountain is located on the NE corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica on Santa Monica Blvd. In Beverly Hills. The fountain is located at the entrance to the park on Santa Monica Blvd. There is a constant high volume of traffic located at the intersection approximately 30'-0" away.

Description: The fountain has a cast concrete female figure of a Native American by artist Merrell Gage mounted on a square concrete shaft, which rises from a cylindrical splash basin. The basin has a frieze of relief carvings, which depict various scenes from California history. Located just above the frieze are ten cast stone dogs' heads. This is surrounded by a 50'-0" pool with two rows of blue and white glazed terracotta tiles on the exterior of the pool wall. The interior of the basin is tiled with light blue colored tiles. A broad promenade with a low wall, trimmed hedges and concrete benches along the perimeter completes the structure. The promenade surrounding the fountain is tiled with predominantly unglazed terracotta tiles with smaller square tiles with stylized scenes of work inserted in the floor plan every 5th tile. There are also small square sand and blue colored tiles located in the central band of the walkway.


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