10 BEST 
PUBLIC ART IN LOS ANGELES

THE MOST POPULAR PUBLIC SCULPTURES, STATUES, 
MURALS & FOUNTAINS IN LOS ANGELES

 
IN THE CITY OF ANGELES

#1:  "Urban Light" :: THE UNDISPUTED BEST
Our data show that L.A.'s most popular public artwork, 
BY FAR, is Chris Burden's assemblage sculpture of 202 
street lamps in front of LACMA on Wilshire Blvd., which 
produces a mesmerizing effect when walking between 
the lampposts.  It is lighted and open 24/7 with security 
staff on hand due to its round-the-clock popularity. 
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/Urban-Light-2008-by-Chris-Burden
Featured @   Google Arts & Culture    
Best viewing time:  sunset to dusk
https://goo.gl/maps/aLYNEV2RyGp

    

#2:  "Watts Towers" ::  ICONIC SYMBOL
Simon Rodia's 99-ft. towers are surrounded by 
his whimsical mosaic and sculptural art.  
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/public-art-watts-towers-1921-by-sabato-rodia
Featured @ Google Arts & Culture  
Best viewing time:  daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/BSmdKHjEmPG2

1765 E. 107th St, Watts, Los Angeles

     
Commonly called "The Four Ladies of Hollywood," 
this Hollywood-style tribute to the Golden Age of 
female screen stars, near the Hollywood Walk of 
Fame, has statues of Mae West, Anna Mae Wong, 
Dolores Del Rio and Dorothy Dandridge supporting 
statue of Marilyn Monroe.
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/hollywood-gateway-1993-by-catherine-hardwicke
Best viewing time: daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/U1DiB75LoGH2
southeast corner of Hollywood Bl. & La Brea Bl., 
Hollywood, Los Angeles



The free-standing public art walls are continuously 
painted by the most talented graffiti artists in L.A., 
showcasing L.A.'s most original, incredible (and 
temporary) mural work.
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/venice-public-art-walls
Best viewing time: daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/wGQu3uytC412
Beach  at Ocean Front Walk at Winward Ave., 
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
 


This building-mounted sculpture fronts both the 
building entrance and an upper-level meeting room.  
Who resides behind the "Binoculars"?  
Google offices, of course.   
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/public-art-giant-binoculars-1991-by-claes-oldenburg-coosje-van-bruggen
Featured @ Google Arts & Culture 
Best viewing time: daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/cCDrR7L7HYw

340 Main Street, Venice, Los Angeles

     
Also titled "The Pope of Broadway," this is L.A.'s 
biggest downtown mega-mural at 5 stories high, 
where Anthony Quinn is shown having fun as 
"Zorba the Greek."  His famous role continues 
to prompt spontaneous "Zorba the Greek" dance 
flash mobs throughout the world. 
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/public-art-anthony-quinn-or-the-pope-of-broadway-1984-by-eloy-torrez
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Best viewing time: daytime

 

If you dare to stand beneath this piece, you 
can't 
fail to admire 
the 
astounding engineering 
suspension and balance of this huge sculpture 
in the Museum of Contemporary Art public plaza.
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/airplane-parts-2002-by-nancy-rubins
Best viewing time: daytime or nighttime  
https://goo.gl/maps/qLHobeBGnNt
 
S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles



#8:  "Ballerina Clown" :: FUNNY or SCARY? 
Jonathan Borofsky's 30-foot "Clown" has been 
freaking out folks for 3 decades, and in 2014 
a restoration of the mechanical leg movement 
added to its bizarre impression. 
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/public-art-ballerina-clown-1989-by-jonathan-borofsky-1
Best viewing time: daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/F54czsjfV5D2  
   
225 Rose Ave., Venice Beach, Los Angeles


#9:  "Levitated Mass" :: THE BIG ROCK 
Its famous midnight trek across L.A. from the 
Riverside quarry made headline news -- now 
you can dance under all 340 tons of it.
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/public-art-levitated-mass-2012-by-michael-heizer
Best viewing time: daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/ZAfMrnMNVhR2 
Resnick North Lawn, LACMA, 
5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles



#10:  "Oomo Cube" :: Out Of Many, One
A design take-off on the multi-faceted Rubik's Cube, 
the "Oomo Cube" celebrates the diversity of the 
world on each of the cube's many rotating images.
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/oomo-cube-2014-by-nicole-maloney
Best viewing time: daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/tZ41CAbZHtu  
plaza in front of the Japanese American 
National Museum, 100 S. Central Ave., 
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles



AND BEYOND L.A.  just a bit...


Arguably the loveliest fountain in Southern 
California, this historic corner includes 
sculptures and a colorful evening lighting 
program for the fountain sprays
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/electric-fountain-1931-by-merrell-gage-ralph-flewelling
Best viewing time:  lighting program begins at dusk
https://goo.gl/maps/Sxx1WZZELJv




This was Southern California's most impressive 
public artwork of 2017, a 20,400 lb. double 
cylinder inspired by the ancient Cyrus Cylinder 
declaration of human rights.  Learn more here.  
It is awe-inspiring
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/the-freedom-sculpture-or-freedom-a-shared-dream-2017-by-cecil-balmond
Best viewing time:  p.m. lighting begins at dusk
https://goo.gl/maps/Sxx1WZZELJv



Who can resist Santa Monica's ferocious 
water-spewing dinosaurs along the Third Street 
Promenade?   'Nuf said. 
http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/public-art-the-dinosaurs-of-santa-monica-1989-by-claude-and-francois-lalanne
Best viewing time:  daytime
https://goo.gl/maps/Sxx1WZZELJv