Courtesy: Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Collection
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Los Angeles, California

Michael Amescua (

East Los Angeles Civic Center, 4800 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California, 90022
Date:  2007
Placement:  entrance spaces
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  steel (alloy), concrete
Description:  Two towering metal and concrete entrance markers greet visitors at both entrances of the East Los Angeles Civic Center. Facing both the Third Street and the Mednik Avenue entrances, these 20’ high identical works of art each have nine designs representing the Center’s governmental and community activities. These include education, recreation, law, medicine, music, and relaxation. The gates’ metal cut-outs resemble the papel picado (perforated paper) style, a traditional Mexican artistic technique which originated in pre-Columbian Aztec society.

See Michael Amescua, Chatsworth CourthouseMichael Amescua and Rudy, West Hollywood Fire Station #7

About the Artist: Basing his artistic practice in East Los Angeles, Michael Amescua has executed many public art projects in the southern California region, including works for the MTA Gateway Transit Center in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Zoo, McCambridge Park in Burbank, Montebello Transit Center, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Los Angeles County Chatsworth Courthouse. Amescua holds a BA in Anthropology from Occidental College.

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