Sunday, December 9, 2018

Takeaway sculpture running through Beverly Hills and more besides...

Regular visitors to my blog will know I'm a big fan of contemporary outdoor art, and after shining spotlight on West Hollywood's new Cacti sculptures this week, imagine my delight when I saw this metal 'Takeaway' sculpture running through Beverly Hills today.

Takeaway sculpture by Tom Friedman
in Beverly Gardens Park
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman Beverly Hills
This whimsical piece by American artist Tom Friedman was spotted dashing to the corner of Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Gardens Park.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman Beverly Gardens Park
The sculpture is great fun and real spectacle balancing all those takeout containers on its head as it sprints along.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman
It's a wonderful addition to all the other outdoor art in the tourist destination, joining works like the Endless V sculpture, the Erratic sculpture and the colourful Hymn of Life tulips in the park.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman Beverly Gardens Park
It looks like this cool sculpture, with the body which looks like it was made of aluminum foil scrunched together, cost around $650,000 to buy and install, so let's hope all those selfies and social media posts pay off.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman Beverly Hills
Takeaway is actually made of stainless steel, which should protect it from the elements, and is around 13.5 feet tall.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman
Apparently it was installed at the end of October 2018, although I'd totally missed it for months because I tend to avoid driving along Santa Monica Boulevard with all its traffic lights, road works, tourists and commuters.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman Rodeo Drive
Whilst I was in the park I also took the opportunity to refamiliarise myself with the other eye-catching public sculptures exhibited there.
Takeaway sculpture Tom Friedman
In opposite corner to Takeaway you'll also find the enigmatic white sculpture, IO, by Carol Bove.

IO sculpture by Carol Bove
IO sculpture Carol Bove Beverly Gardens Park
IO sculpture Carol Bove Beverly Hills
This twisty piece made of stainless steel and coated in white urethane paint has been in the park for several years, but I've never stopped to check it out properly, only admired it from a distance.
IO sculpture Beverly Gardens Park
IO sculpture Carol Bove Beverly Gardens Park
It's always nice to see there's more to Beverly Hills than expensive homes and designer stores, and that you can be inspired by the art on display in their green spaces too.
IO sculpture Beverly Gardens Park
IO sculpture Carol Bove
Beverly Gardens Park has been undergoing a huge restoration program in recent years designed to return the park space to its former glory and keep the neighbourhood looking as beautiful for residents and sight-seers as possible.
IO sculpture Carol Bove Beverly Gardens Park
From all appearance I'd say they're doing a great job, and I especially like their recently relandscaped Cactus Garden, which looks far more impressive these days.

Let's hope the sculptures and surprises keep coming in the years to come...


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