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Know Your City, No. 18 – Muse of Music, Dance, Drama

Know Your City, No. 18 – Muse of Music, Dance, Drama

Nov. 28, 1955: John Malmin’s photograph of “Muse of Music, Dance, Drama” at the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl. This image appeared in the Know Your City photography series. The Dec. 5, 1955, Los Angeles Times caption:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 18 — This is a familiar symbol to people who go bowling. But don’t look for any tenpins, because it was built when a lot of people were in the alleys. It still refuses to dance to the music. Just for fun, What? Answer will be found on Page 32, Part 2.

ANSWER: Sure, it’s the artistically modern statuary that overlooks the entrance to Hollywood Bowl. You’ve seen it hundreds of times. Its construction in 1940 was one of the last acts of the Depression– a WPA art project.

The statuary was designed by George Stanley, who also designed the Oscar statuette.

The 200-foot-long, 22-foot-tall artwork sat neglected for years until a 2006 restoration project. For more, check out this 2006 Bob Pool story Getting a Splash From the Past.

June 19, 2006: Juan Manuel sweeps near the restored fountain, which features the muses of music, dance and drama. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.

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1 Comment

  1. January 7, 2016, 5:56 am

    Great to hear that this fountain was restored. Now it looks better

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