Saturday, August 18, 2012

West Hollywood's new outdoor sculptures from the Frostig Collection...

Aside from the well manicured and generally clean environment of West Hollywood, the other thing that always really impresses me is the ever-changing collection of outdoor art lining the streets.

'Pretty Boy' sculpture by David Buckingham
Pretty Boy sculpture David Buckingham West Hollywood
Here is a new selection of sculptures from the Frostig Collection that appeared recently replacing the bold bronze and wood sculptures installed in July 2011.
Pretty Boy sculpture David Buckingham WEHO
Pretty Boy sculpture head
Pretty Boy sculpture David Buckingham
My favourite of the bunch is this colourful patchwork metal piece caled 'Pretty Boy', which in my mind is a cross between a totem pole and with that chin, a 'Punch' puppet from a Punch and Judy show.
Pretty Boy sculpture David Buckingham West Hollywood
Pretty Boy sculpture David Buckingham
Pretty Boy sculpture David Buckingham
Pretty Boy sculpture weho
With the Sunset Strip Music Festival taking place today I'm sure these quirky new installations will get even more eye-balls as people try desperately to navigate their way around West Hollywood avoiding the road closures.

'Milestone' sculpture by Charles Arnoldi
Milestone sculpture Charles Arnoldi West Hollywood
Milestone sculpture Charles Arnoldi
You'll find these sculptures, including this balancing potatoes piece by Charles Arnoldi, along the grassy median running along Santa Monica Boulevard near Doheny Drive.

'Sweet Meats' sculpture by Brad Howe
Sweet Meats sculpture Brad Howe West Hollywood
Sweet Meats sculpture Brad Howe
Sweet Meats sculpture Brad Howe WEHO
Brad Howe is the only artist to have two pieces included in this outdoor sculpture garden and they are both fun whimsies, with appropriately silly names.

'Giggles' sculpture by Brad Howe
Giggles sculpture Brad Howe West Hollywood
Giggles sculpture Brad Howe
Probably the most divisive installation from the new collection is this big blue sphere, which looks like it should be resting in the corner of a gym rather than in an outdoor sculpture garden.

'Achenar' sculpture by Lila Albuquerque
Achenar blue ball sculpture Lila Albuquerque
Achenar blue sphere Lila Albuquerque
When people question art and its cost I think it's pieces like this, which may be taken out of context from a larger collection, that make them do so.

'Standing Rose' sculpture by Michael Kalish
Standing Rose sculpture Michael Kalish
Standing Rose sculpture Michael Kalish WEHO
Standing Rose sculpture Michael Kalish WEHO
And finally, another favourite is this 'Standing Rose' by Michael Kalish, which looks infinitely better when viewed from above, and I'm not sure that everyone will see the detail and craftsmanship as they drive by.

If you like these, be sure to also check out Peter Shire's geometric sculptures from 2009 which were on display in this same roadside park.

Overall these new sculptures are a welcome addition to the West Hollywood landscape and I hope it's a tradition that continues for many years to come...

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