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Monuments & Statues in Beverly Hills

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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA404 contributions
    As a kid growing up in the 1950-60s, I would watch the Saturday morning western television shows. John Wayne was my hero. During my recent trip to Beverly Hills, my travel guidebook advised that a sculpture to this iconic American cowboy is on display at Wilshire Boulevard & Hamilton Drive in downtown Beverly Hills. Had to pay a visit to my hero. This bronze statue by Harry Jackson initially stood in front of the Great Western Saving and Loan Bank building. It was a tribute from the bank to John Wayne who did television commercials for the bank (1977 until his death in 1979). Over the years the bank moved out, and other enterprises took over the building and ownership of the statue. This black 21 foot high, 6-ton sculpture of John Wayne is outstanding. The “Duke” is sitting in his saddle with his feet in the stirrups and his hands on the reins. His facial expression is the classic “Head um up, move am out” reminiscent from his cattle trail driving films. The base of the statue shows cattle stampede, with cowboys chasing the runaway cattle on one side, while the other side reflects cowboys paying their respects to a fall comrade killed in the stampede. A beautiful statue and it pays tribute to a great American hero and those trail hands who helped to shape the American west. Over the years, this sculpture and a similar one at John Wayne Airport, in Santa Anna, California has been the subject of numerous discussions regarding the future of both sculptures. The John Wayne Horseman sculpture in Beverly Hills has been involved in numerous discussions about relocating it to Newport Beach or Valley Center. Due to funding cost associated with relocating the statue, nothing has been done. John Wayne remains in Beverly Hills and most likely will remain there for foreseeable future. As the America population grows older, most youngster have no idea who John Wayne was or what he represented. If you grew up watching cowboys on TV, this is a must visit site in Beverly Hills. Recommend stopping by and paying a visit to the “Duke”.
    Written 20 August 2021
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  • GitchSup
    Duluth, MN1,264 contributions
    You can't miss this huge silver-tone statue on Rodeo Drive. It is meant to mark the beginning of the "Walk of Style" and was much larger than I thought it was at 14 feet tall. If you are in the area it's worth stopping to say you have seen it and then do some window shopping while you are there.
    Written 29 May 2022
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  • mrdom
    5,303 contributions
    Makes a nice change from boxing but they’ve still got it wrong - the hands are small and feeble and they do the damage with their legs. Get this bad boy sitting in front of a bass drum.
    Written 29 May 2019
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA404 contributions
    Situated in Beverly Gardens Park at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Rodeo Drive is a 14-foot-high stainless-steel sculpture called “Takeaway” by Tom Friedman, an American sculptor. This sculpture portrays a man running while balancing a plethora of take-out containers on his head. Is this a nod to food delivery or does it represent something else? No one seems to know. One possibility is that the running man represents everyday life. Mankind in a hurry plagued with the everyday burdens of life staked on his head. The contains could represent different aspects of his existence, work, family, children, spouse, love, bills, etc. Each viewer must examine this sculpture and make his or her own decision on what it represents. Reality or an illusion. The craftmanship and beauty of this sculpture is amazing and mind boggling. This is a must view sculpture which will have you thinking about its purpose.
    19 August 2021
    Written 19 August 2021
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA404 contributions
    Beverly Hills is home to numerous sculptures which can be found throughout the city. Some are outstanding and easily recognized for what they are. Others are strange, weird, or downright bizarre. After viewing them, one has no sense of what you just viewed or what it is trying to portray. Situated in front of the Chase Bank located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Beverly Drive, viewers can admire the “Unconscious Sculpture” by Franz West. This 18-foot tall, unconventional aluminum sculpture with its two tangerine orange colored ribbon shaped bands that terminate into three seats is truly strange. According to the guidebooks, these three seats supposedly invite physical contact, conversation, socialization between viewers. Certainly, did not observe any interaction between viewers. Most pedestrians were in a hurry to get out of the relentless sun. Interesting but truly a weird sculpture.

    Written 20 August 2021
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  • Scott
    San Francisco, CA4,940 contributions
    Stop here and get a picture. This is a beautiful public art display. It's full of color, and an overall happy thing to see. It caught my attention.
    Written 19 February 2019
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA404 contributions
    Beverly Garden Park, in Beverly Hills, California is home to numerous outstanding pieces of art created by world renown artist. One of the more spectacular pieces on display is simply entitled “Endless V”. This 8-foot by 8-foot by 7-foot stainless steel sculpture is the work of Jaume Plensa, a Catalan Spanish artist. This sculpture is a seated human made of a collection of letters and characters from eight different languages (i.e., Hebrew, English, Greek, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, and Hindu). The seated figure appears to be deeply involved in thought, with his arms wrapped around his chest. What does this sculpture represent? That is left up to each viewer. After a long look at this seated figure made of different letters, I think he symbolized that mankind is made up of different culture, religions, ideology, and languages. We are all different, but overall mankind all has the same desires and needs. We want to communicate and understand one another and live-in peace with each other. Today, mankind has drifted apart, and distrust has become the new norm. This amazing sculpture is a reminder that mankind is still one amazing creation. This is a must view sculpture.

    Written 19 August 2021
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