Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Griffith Observatory Astronomers Monument

2800 East Observatory Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299

Built between 1933 and 1934 by the PWAP, the twenty-five foot Astronomers Monument depicts Hipparchus, Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and William Herschel. Archibald Garner designed the monument but six different artists worked on it: Arnold Forester, Gordon Newell, who also worked on the San Fernando Post Office, Djey El Djey, who sculpted the Native American in “The Vanquished Race”, George Stanley, who designed the Oscar and Hollywood Bowl entrance, L. Archibald Garner, who sculpted “Law” in the L.A. Federal Court House, and Roger Noble Burnham. The project was competed six months before the observatory was finished.

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