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Spirit of Los Angeles

In the year 2001, Delesprie was commissioned by developer Rick Caruso to design this gorgeous bronze statue of two graceful angels caught in apparent mid-flight as a focal point at the Grove, a new development built across the street from the Historic Farmer’s Market in the heart of the Fairfax district. The delicate intertwining, geometric proportioning of the angels’ wings, and fluid movement between them are some of the unique qualities that set this piece apart from others Delesprie has done. A 14-month endeavor from models to final installation, this statue began as one clay sculpture. It was viewable as such until July 15, 2001, when the statue was dismantled into pieces and cast in bronze. When the sculpture was reassembled on top of the column by crane near the Barnes and Noble building, this magnificent work stood over 32 feet in height. The wingspan of the angels alone is 10 feet in length. The statue was covered completely for the next five days until the scheduled Grand Opening of the Grove. At that time, the unveiling of the monument entitled, “The Spirit of Los Angeles” occurred, complete with fireworks to the tune of $350,000, a sit-down dinner for 2,000 accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra from Dick Clark Productions.

size: 34 feet high

At first glance, the main figures appear to be engaged in an elaborate ballet, but closer scrutiny reveals the male is kneeling on a world globe. His mighty power is evident not only with obviously masculine anatomy, but also in the way he embraces his companion securely with strong arms supporting her legs. Timeless in appearance, his long hair caught back at the neck, compassion is seen in his facial expression as he gazes thoughtfully into space.

The female holds high a wreath of peace, her countenance speaking volumes of the joie de vivre she feels deep inside. Her posture, while fluid, is still demure, yet she also draws strength from their Creator and the knowledge of their destiny and purpose in being. Perhaps of the two, she is the one who penned the words on each side of the pillar upon which the globe is supported: Faith, Community, Family, and Honesty. Together with Peace, these truly are attributes of an idealistic society, one that is yet to come.

A smaller version entitled, “Pillar to the Heavenlies” has a wingspan of 22 ¼ inches, a total depth of 23 inches, and height of 58 ½ inches including a granite base.

The ribbon banner that encircles the globe can be inscribed with any message of choice. —By Allison Garner

  2012  /  Monuments & Commissions  /  Last Updated February 12, 2013 by delesprie-admin  /