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

Title: " Untitled" ( A Tribute to Motion Picture Celebrities)

Location: Olympic and Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills ( in traffic island)

Date of Manufacture: 1959

Date of Installation: 1959

Foundry or Fabrication: Unknown

Dimensions: Sculpture: H: 14'x W: 4'6"x D: 4'6"; Base: H: 1'4"x W: 7'6"x D: 7'6"

Plaque: Two Bronze Dedication Plaques embedded in concrete in front of sculpture: dedicated to the Mayor and to City Council members.

Inscriptions: Engraved on front side of marble base: IN TRIBUTE TO THOSE CELEBRITIES OF THE MOTION PICTURE/ INDUSTRY WHO WORKED SO VALIANTLY FOR THE PRESERVATION/ OF BEVERLY HILLS AS A SEPARATE MUNICIPALITY- ERECTED 1959

Other inscriptions include each celebrity signature and the names of the films that they are associated with.

Siting: Tribute to Motion Picture Celebrities is located in a traffic island, surrounded by busy streets in downtown Beverly Hills. It is installed on a round concrete pad, surrounded by grass-planted beds. It is exposed to carbon soot from automobile traffic and the acidic pollutants of an urban environment. Although the lawn sprinklers were not turned on during this inspection, it is likely that the bottom section of the sculpture receives regular spray of mineral laden water. The sculpture is directly accessible by the public, since a sidewalk crosses in front of the round concrete pad. Birds roost on the top elements of the sculpture.

Description: The sculpture is a tribute to film celebrities who participated in the initiative to incorporate the city of Beverly Hills. The following celebrities are depicted in cast bronze bas-relief, in costume as they appeared or worked on important films: Will Rogers, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd, Tom Mix, Fred Niblo, Rudolph Valentino, and Conrad Nagal.

The sculpture is set on a square marble base. The central element of the sculpture I composed of an octagonal base with engraved signatures and names of films , and a tall octagonal pillar. The base and pillar are clad in granite. Eight thinly cast bronze bas-relief panels( approximately 4' tall and 1" thick) depicting the celebrities are attached to the sides of the pillar. Above this pillar is a vertical spire encircled by a spiral of film, apparently fabricated in copper sheet. A gilt cast bronze(?) star is mounted on top of the vertical spire.


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