Until I moved to L.A. I don't think I had the time to stop and look at the world around me so much, being caught up in the bustling London rat-race. However, since I've had more time on my hands and have had the opportunity to travel throughout California, to New York, Vancouver and return trips to the U.K. in the past six years, I've discovered a whole world full of amazing outdoor art that has captured my imagination. In no particular order, here are 25 of my favourite sculptures and public art installations from my travels to date.
Another favourite art installation to be found across the water in Vancouver's English Bay is this collection of cheerful statues called A-maze-ing Laughter, which you can wander in and out of, immersing yourself in the joyful experience.
One such display space is the median parkland along Santa Monica Boulevard at Doheny Drive, where the city borders Beverly Hills, where this fun and colourful Pretty Boy sculpture could be found in late 2012 along with more outdoor sculptures from the Frostig Collection.
LACMA (The Los Angeles county Museum of Art) has a fantastic sculpture garden which contains many impressive Bourdelle and Rodin sculptural examples along Wilshire Boulevard. The garden space itself is a work of art, designed by Robert Irwin, who also created The Central Garden at The Getty Center.
So as you can see I have quite eclectic tastes in sculpture, although the vast majority of my choices tend towards the modern and contemporary. I've said on many occasions that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and not every piece will speak to everybody.
On my travels I've spotted many more examples of fantastic outdoor art, but when making this selection I thought what would I actually pay money for (if I had a few million to throw around).
Aside from making many city streets and parks look much more interesting, it's great to see so many works of public art outside of stuffy old museums and galleries, which often only ever cater to a handful of people or certain demographic.
What do you think? Do you have any favourites in the selection featured here? Let me know.
Until then, I'll keep my eyes open for the next intriguing sculpture to capture my imagination...