Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Hollywood Bowl Sculpture "Muses of Music, Dance, Drama"

2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

The Hollywood Bowl sculpture “Muses of Music, Dance and Drama” was built between 1938 and 1940. It was built by the PWAP, Public Works of Art Project, a subdivision of the WPA. This is one of the largest of the WPA sculptures in California. The project used two hundred and forty tons of local granite quarried at Victorville and eleven hundred and eighty-eight tones of concrete to complete. “Music” which is seated on the top of the sculpture is fifteen feet tall and the other two muses, “Dance” and ‘Drama” stand ten feet tall. In the end, the project cost one hundred thousand dollars, that is the equivalent of $1,528,384 today. George Stanley was the artist that designed and sculpted the figures. Stanley was also the designer of the Academy Award or “Oscar.”

Over the years the sculpture has changed very little. Lighting in the fountain was added along with tiles on the rims of the different tiers, the reason for adding them is unknown.

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