Friday, August 15, 2008

The sculptures of Beverly Gardens Park...

Aside from being home to the shopping mecca, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills is also home to a variety of interesting sculptures in Beverly Gardens Park.
Beverly Hills Sign in Beverly Gardens Park
The park runs right along Santa Monica Blvd, so on my way to my hairdresser on Canon Drive I took a few photos of the eclectic mix of sculptures.  

It was a nice relaxing thing to do after having spent 1hr 40mins on the phone with Apple Mac support in the morning trying to sort out our home printer problems.
Beverly Gardens Park bronze sculpture - The Drummer
First up is The Drummer, a fantastic bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan and it can be found on Santa Monica Blvd, between Canon and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills. 
 Beverly Gardens Park bronze sculpture - The Drummer by Barry Flanagan
Drummer - Beverly Gardens Park bronze sculpture
Next up is by Yayoi Kusuma and is entitled Hymn of Life: Tulips. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea (I like it), but it's certainly eye-catching and colourful and I think has been there since 2007.  
Hymn of Life - Tulips sculpture by Yayoi Kusuma in Beverly Gardens Park
It took an age to find any information about this artwork online, you'd think Beverly Hills would be a bit more proactive when it came to up-to-date tourist information. 
Hymn of Life - Tulips sculpture by Yayoi Kusuma in Beverly Gardens Park
Hymn of Life - Tulips sculpture by Yayoi Kusuma in Beverly Gardens Park
You can find the Tulips sculpture at the intersection of Santa Monica and Rodeo Drive.
Hymn of Life - Tulips sculpture by Yayoi Kusuma in Beverly Gardens ParkHymn of Life - Tulips sculpture by Yayoi Kusuma in Beverly Gardens Park
The next bronze piece in the park is Sitting on a short bench by Magdelana Abakanowicz in 2000.  It was paid for by the City of Beverly Hills Public Art Fund.
Beverly Gardens Park sculpture - Sitting figure on a short bench
Finally from the selection of sculpture pictures I took yesterday, this is Hunter and Hounds (or to give it its proper French name Le chasseur et les chiens), by Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemat.  
Hunter and Hounds sculpture in Beverly Gardens Park by Henri Jacquemat
It can be found between Canon and Crescent drive.  It obviously fits well with the dog-friendly content of this blog.
Hunter and Hounds sculpture in Beverly Gardens Park
For those of you who may be interested in learning more about the sculptures in Beverly Gardens Park or are visiting the area, here's some more information on public art in L.A.
Hunter and Hounds or Le chasseur et les chiens sculpture in Beverly Gardens Park
I also took a stroll passed Beverly Hills City Hall, which was built in 1932.  This Spanish Renaissance style building was featured prominently in the Beverly Hills Cop movies starring Eddie Murphy (remember when he used to make good films!).
Flags flying outside Beverly Hills City Hall
City Hall in Beverly Hills
Aside from my haircut I did have other chores in Beverly Hills.  For those regular visitors to Jason in Hollywood, they'll know of my on-going battles with HSBC USA, so you'll be pleased to know there is a HSBC branch in Beverly Hills, which will save an awful lot of unnecessary travel to Downtown L.A. I hope.
Rodeo Drive sign in Beverly Hills
After some essential purchases on Rodeo Drive (believe me we don't make a habit of it), it was off to the Giuseppe Franco hair salon for a haircut to keep me nice and cool in this hot weather.
Giuseppe Franco Hair Salon in Beverly Hills
As you can see from the poster in the window his star-studded clientele includes Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, amongst other Hollywood celebs, so Jason in Hollywood is in good company. 

OK, this Hollywood reporter is off to snap some more great images of L.A. for your delight...

4 comments:

Barbara said...

I used to drive by those every day to work.

I sooooo miss L.A. Please get pics of Canter's Deli, Nate N'Al's, Amoeba Records and the corner of 3rd and Beverly!

(all my old stomping grounds)

You're bookmarked!
Barbara
http://ifididnthaveasenseofhumor.blogspot.com/

Fran├žois said...

nice Art tour around, thanks.
just one typo : Hunter and Hounds (or to give it its proper French name Le chausseur et les chiens)

Chausseur actually means a shoe maker ...so you meant ChAsseur ;-)

my pleasure !
Say Hi to your half.

Jason in Hollywood said...

Thanks for the heads up - I was never very good at French I'm afraid. All amended..

Jason in Hollywood said...

Thanks for the comment and the bookmark Barbara - I'll see what I can do re: pictures :-)

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