Sunday, August 16, 2009

The beautifully ornate and wise angel of Downtown L.A...

Meet the latest discovery in my angel quest around this fabled 'City of Angels'.
Mzee mosaic angel
Regular visitors know of my mission to hunt down any of the angel sculptures from the 2000 to 2002 Community of Angels Project that saw creatively decorated angel sculptures take to the streets of L.A. 
Mzee angel Melinda Moore sculpture
Imagine my surprise the other night when mentioning my latest angel sightings in Downtown L.A., the Glittering Angel and Transforming Yourself into Fashion angel, one of my friends who works there said, "I think I have one of those angels in my building!"
Mzee angel sculpture Downtown LA
Obviously, that led to a weekday excursion into the heart of Downtown L.A. to photograph the beautifully ornate creation.

This is 'Mzee', pronounced em-zay, which is Kiswahili for 'wise one'.
Mzee Wise One angel sculpture
The wonderful mosaic clad angel was made by Melinda Moore, who also created two other angels for the project. 

One was called 'Zenith' which was displayed at the Los Angeles Central Library and another, 'Kalliope', could originally be found in Brentwood. All the statues featured fantastically detailed and creative mosaic designs.
Mzee angel sculpture Downtown LA
Mzee had the honour of being featured on the cover of the second Community of Angels book that was published in 2002. 

Sponsored by 400 S. Hope Associates, the sculpture is now displayed inside the foyer of the building at 400 S. Hope Street.
Mzee Community of Angels Project statue
It's nice to finally see an angel from the artistic project which is still in a fantastic condition and which hasn't been weather-worn by the elements or vandalised with graffiti.

My challenge to other Los Angeles residents is to let me know of any other angels in their local neighbourhood or where they work, especially ones in such wonderful condition.

For now enjoy the 'wise one'...

See all the other creative angel sculptures and buy the books in the USA: A Community of Angels: Los Angeles


Jeff Nadonza said...

There is Angel in the Parking lot of St Pauline Books and Media
3908 Sepulveda Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-8676

Jason in Hollywood said...

Thanks so much for letting me know Jeff, I'll check it out if I get a chance :-)

Jessee Padilla said...

There's one like this on honululu st in montrose by the citi bank and trader joes.

Jason in Hollywood said...

Thanks for letting us know Jessee!

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