Right beside the captivating Urban Light installation and visible from Wilshire Boulevard as you drive by is the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden.
It's a great little space to walk through, or sit for a while, and appreciate the bronze pieces in the L.A. sunshine.
One of the best things is that admission is free, so between noon and 8pm most days (except Friday until 9pm and Wednesday when LACMA is closed), you can enjoy this tranquil sculpture garden.
On the sculpture terrace above the garden you'll find a bust of one of the main contributors to the bronze sculptures on display, French artist and infamous sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
Bust of Rodin
The bronze bust was completed in 1909 to 1910 by fellow French artist and student of Rodin, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, who lived from 1861 to 1929.
Rodin was one of the preeminent sculptors of his time and lived from 1840 to 1917. Once on a visit to Paris I even visited the Rodin Museum (Musee Rodin), so it's interesting to see so many of his works here in Los Angeles.
Head of the Figure of Eloquence
Close by the Rodin bust you'll also find another bronze head, again by Bourdelle.
It's a slightly less happy looking soul entitled Head of the Figure of Eloquence from 1916 to 1918.
Herakles - The Archer
Further along the terrace overlooking the sculpture garden you'll find one of Bourdelle's more arresting pieces from 1909, Herakles - The Archer.
Bourdelle was influenced by ancient Greek (hence the statue of Hercules) and Medieval sculpture and apparently was also a great believer in returning sculpture to the outdoors.
I love how striking this muscled bronze sculpture looks against the blue Californian sky, with palm trees in the background.
(Torso of the Falling Man)
Funnily enough I've become quite enamoured with sculpture recently, between trips to Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden at The Getty and other local artworks (of course it has nothing to do with some of these sculptures having the muscley physiques of Greek gods).
At the top of the stairs leading down to the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden at LACMA you'll find this impressive male torso by Rodin, first modeled c.1882 to 1889 and this version cast in 1970.
Next up is another piece by Rodin found amongst the palm trees in the garden itself.
The statue Orpheus was probably first modeled in 1890 to 1900 and was cast in 1969.
Apparently in Greek mythology, Orpheus, son of the God of Music, Apollo, tried to bring his wife Euridyce from the Underworld by enchanting Hades, its ruler, with his music. His plan nearly succeeded, but he couldn't resist the temptation to look back when he'd been instructed by Hades not to and so he lost Euridyce forever.
It's such a dramatic piece and worth viewing from all angles, especially interesting when looking down from above.
Finally for this installment of the bronze works on display in the LACMA Sculpture Garden is possibly my favourite piece, The Shade by Rodin.
It's impressive body is on a par with Bourdelle's Herakles, but this statue has a much more handsome face.
This masculine sculpture was first modeled c.1880 and enlarged c.1901. This piece was cast by Musee Rodin in 1969.
And there you have just a sampling of the wonderful collection of sculptures for your visual delight at LACMA in Los Angeles.
Come back tomorrow for even more bronze marvels to inspire you.
In honour of the French artists above - Au revoir, a bientot mes amis...