Artist: Stanley, George
Title: Muse of Music, Dance, Drama
Location: Hollywood Bowl, Highland Ave. and Hollywood Bowl Rd, Los Angeles (at entrance to the Bowl)
Owner: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA
Medium: Lucerne Granite & concrete, with fountain elements.
Date of Manufacture: 1938-1940
Date of Installation: 1938-1940/WPA: Sculptural Unit of the Southern California Art Project
Foundry or Fabrication: Unknown
Dimensions: The large fountain and sculptural complex occupies northwest corner of N. Highland Ave. and the Hollywood Bowl entrance
Plaque: No plaques
Siting: The monument is located adjacent to a busy street. It is on a hillside that is densely landscaped. It is easily accessible to the public. Each of these aspects of the siting have caused deterioration since its original installation. Automobiles have produced carbon byproducts that have soiled the surface. Other acidic pollutants have contributed to surface erosion. Overhanging tree branches provide roosting for birds, and the irrigation of the hillside exposes the structure to moisture. People climb on the sculptural elements, as evidenced by the graffiti.
Description: The monument was constructed from 1938 to 1940, as part of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). It was the largest of hundreds of WPA sculpture projects created in Southern California. It was described at the time as "an engineering feat...the entire hillside of this famous shrine made into a monument, in which are eleven hundred and eighty-eight tons of concrete, the forms of which are delineated by slabs of the same granite to the amount of two hundred and forty-five tons." (Art for the millions, ISBN 0-8212-0659-1) The granite blocks were originally lightly polished. They were quarried near Victorville, CA.
The monument is composed of a multi-tiered concrete structure faced with granite blocks. A complex fountain system circulates water to pools at various levels of the monument. Granite sculptures depicting the three muses: Music, Dance, and Drama are mounted on the monument. The central figure of Music, 15' in height, is depicted in a kneeling position playing a harp. Dance and Drama, each 10' in height, are depicted as standing figures, located in niches along the sides of the monument. There is an entrance to the fountain pump and electrical system on the top tier, adjacent to the figure of Music.
The monument was altered in recent years. Modern tiles and lighting were installed. It is not known whether these additions are in keeping with the original plan for the monument.