Know Your City no. 93 – Prometheus statue
Feb. 17, 1956: This Bruce Cox image of the Prometheus statue appeared in the Feb. 18, 1956, Los Angeles Times. The original caption reported:
KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 93 – This may be rather difficult. Even if you recognize the figure in the statue, you may not know where it stands. But it is a very prominent spot and, what’s more, has been there more than 20 years. See Page 26, Part 2.
ANSWER: Figure in the statue is Prometheus, a mythical Greek deity, who was friend and benefactor of mankind and who, according to legend, brought fire by stealing it from the sun in a fennel stalk. The statue was created by Nina Saemundsson and, since its dedication in 1935, has stood at the corner of MacArthur Park facing the busy intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Alvarado St. only a few feet away.
This image was part of the Know Your City photography series that was published in 1955-56 Los Angeles Times.
Based on a clay version of the statue (photo below), on July 27, 1934, a bronze reproduction was approved under the Federal Public Works of Arts Project.
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