As Madonna would say, 'Who's that girl' on the corner of Sunset & Vine? That's what I was wondering, and just what is that cherubic little angel whispering into her ear?
My Angel Quest has taken me all over L.A., but my latest find was shrouded in a little bit of mystery.
Who was this bare-breasted woman riding atop a charging bull, with dolphins scampering about his hooves?
Was she a Greek goddess being tempted by a mischievous angel or are the components of this sculpture meant to represent the signs of the Zodiac?
There's the 'water' from the fountain and the leaping dolphins, the bull could be Taurus and represent the 'earth' signs, the naked woman could be Virgo and the winged angel could depict the elements of 'air'? But what about the 'fire' signs?
Or was I simply overcomplicating this and there was nothing here more than a quirky statue on the corner of Sunset & Vine in the heart of Hollywood.
My main problem was that there was no information to enlighten me about the statue's origins. What there was however a metal plaque to mark the place where an Entertainment Industry Time Capsule was buried in 1954 to commemorate the history of Hollywood.
It was buried on this famous corner as it was the location where Cecil B. DeMille directed Hollywood's first full-length feature, 'The Squaw Man', and the site became the birthplace of Paramount Pictures.
This corner of Sunset & Vine was formerly home to the Washington Mutual Bank (which was a victim of the recent global recession), which I thought may help my search criteria and so with that in mind and some further online research I managed to find some more information about the sculpture.
This could in fact be a sculpture called 'The Flight of Europa', by prominent American sculptor Paul Howard Manship, who famously designed the golden 'Prometheus' fountain sculpture at the Rockefeller Center in New York City.
But the internet can be both enlightening and frustratingly nebulous. Sometimes there's just too much useless content to trawl through (or even none at all), before you can find any verifiable information.
If anyone can verify the name or origins of this impressive sculpture and its sculptor that would be greatly appreciated. I'll keep investigating, but in the meantime enjoy the statue and this new angel sighting.
I wonder where I'll find my next angel and what interesting history it will have...