Discover 2 Blocks in Downtown LA

We recently wrote a story about the Fine Arts Building on 8th street, just east of Figueroa, but we’re far from done. Figueroa Street is a treasure trove of beauty. In this story, we’ve discovered and documented much more art in the public domain. Indeed, its located within a two block radius– from 5th to 7th streets.


Salmon Run

On the corner of 5th and Figueroa is the Salmon Run

Portraying Kodiak bears in their natural habitat, Salmon Run, by artist Christopher Keene, is the only free standing outdoor sculpture in downtown LA depicting animals. With an elevated 8′ pedestal, it’s easier to see and makes for quite a landmark.

This sculpture is literally seen by thousands of people every day. What surprised me the most about Salmon Run was its juxtaposition of animal life, smack-dab in the middle of a dense urban work cluster. But according to Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, “the work symbolizes its ‘commitment to energy and natural resources.’" Source: PublicArtinLA


LA Matters

L.A. Prime Matter

"LA Prime Matter," the brainchild of artist and sculptor Eric Orr, consists of two 32′ high triangular bronze towers at the northwest corner of Wilshire and Figueroa. Orr designed ridges on both sides of its columns, to let the water flow down from the top to form primordial patterns.


Neon Palm Trees

This gentleman is chatting on his cell phone, sitting in the forefront of the palm tree neon sculpture, located at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Designed with a combination of metal and plastic, its cylinder neon bulbs light up at night.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

The Harbor Freeway Overture

Measuring 11,000sq ft and created between 1993-1994 by Kent Twitchell, the “Harbor Freeway Overture” includes the then Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra lead violinist and concert master Ralph Morrison, various orchestra members, and Tachi Kiuchi, the CEO of Mitsubishi Electronics of America, the sponsor of the mural.

These four major works of public arts can be found alongside the Bank of America and the Fine Arts Building, between 4th and 7th Streets, abutting Figueroa. There’s more to cover and write about so we’ll continue to cover Figueroa’s public art displays again and again. Don’t forget, we previously wrote about the Figueroa Courtyard at 3rd and Figueroa.

To virtually walk in Travelin’ Local’s footprints, here’s the map of all of the art featured in all of these stories:

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