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Artist: Assetto, Franco

Title: "Raoul Wallenberg"

Location: 310 N. Fairfax Blvd. At Beverly, Los Angeles

Date of Manufacture: 1988

Date of Installation: unveiling: December 4, 1988

Foundry or Fabrication: unidentified

Dimensions: approximately: Sculpture: 8'- 0" x 5'- 0" x 4'- 0" base: 2'-6" x 6" - 0" x 5' - 0" ; Plaque: on base, front and back

Inscriptions: This "Angel of Rescue" went to Budapest in the/ summer of 1944 as a Swedish diplomat with a/ mission to save the remainder of the Jews of/ Hungary from the gas chambers of Auschwitz. /// He issued thousand of protective passes, set up "safe houses" and brought back the persecuted/ from the deportation trains and the death matches/ in the final hours of the siege of the city. / He prevented the Nazis from blowing up the ghetto where 70,000 Jews still lived. /// The soviet army misunderstood

Siting: The sculpture is located in a small plaza in front of the bank on the north east corner of the intersection of Beverly Blvd. And Fairfax Ave. the sculpture is approximately 30' from the streets. The area has a lot of foot traffic. An ATM bank machine produces queues of people seen to lean on the sculpture and the base (SOS! File)

Description: The sculpture is composed of three components. There is a central figure in 1" plate stock of coated brass, stainless steel or possibly aluminum. The figure is standing with the proper right foot forward and the proper left arm raised with the hand extended as if to shake hands. There is irregularly shaped perforations through the figure. This element is a gold color. On either side of the figure there are two round cornered triangular shaped stainless steel forms with a brushed finish. The back of the forms are reinforced by 4" pieces of flat bar stock welded into the forms. These components form a v shape with a wide opening in the front. The sculptural elements are mounted onto a concrete terrazzo base. There are three bronze plaques. There is a bronze plaque located on the front side back face of the base. The third plaque is a small plaque with the artist's signature, which is located on the plane of the base located to the proper left of the front.

-- The monument was funded through private and corporate contributions spearheaded by John Brooks, a retired contractor who received a protective pass from Raul Wallenberg, and Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky. (LA Times, 12/5/1988)


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