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

Linda Arreola (

East Los Angeles Civic Center, Mednik Avenue and 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California, 90022
Date:  2007
Placement:  social and civic buildings
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  stone (rock)
Description:  Twelve stone forms stand in the newly created main plaza of the East Los Angeles Civic Center located across from the Superior Courts Building. Each form is a stepped pyramid with a base measuring 3’ w x 5’ l and with heights varying between twenty to thirty inches. The twelve pyramids are composed of two shades of travertine stone, Desert Gold and Persian Red, and are arranged in a square with the reddish sculptures placed at the four cardinal points. Carved into the pieces are symbolic designs which represent natural elements as well as important life guiding principals.

This work is designed to create a focal point for the Civic Center which is also a multifunctional space. It can be used for quiet sitting and reflection as well as for meetings, rallies, concerts, and ceremonies. Arreola states that the stepped forms and their grid-like placement are intended to be “a memory in form” of the indigenous architecture of Mexico, in particular that of the Aztecs and Mayans

About the Artist:Los Angeles native Linda Arreola has lived in the El Sereno area all her life. Her artistic practice includes sculpture, painting, print-making, and installation art. She received a BA and a MA in Sculpture from California State University Los Angeles and also holds a MA in Architecture from UCLA. She has been a practicing artist for over thirty years and her work has been included in exhibitions at Self-Help Graphics and the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum.

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