Public Art at the John Ferraro Department of Water and Power Building

Aug 31, 2009 by Lisa Newton

This gorgeous sculpture entitled Colpo d’ala, which looks like it is immersed in the clear water moat surrounding the John Ferraro Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (“LADWP”) building, resembles a large bird ready to take flight. The sculpture, which is tilted upward, is a highly polished triangular block ripped in half by a powerful invisible force, creating its wing affect and shape.

It’s literally part of the backdrop of the Disney Hall, and downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers. The water’s shadows create a shimmering counter-balance and become the foundation of not just the sculpture, but an allusion for a bird at home ready for a flight–but only to return home later on.

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2 Responses to “Public Art at the John Ferraro Department of Water and Power Building”

  1. Vanessa says:

    Lisa, I’m glad you profiled the DWP. I love the elegant building and the surrounding water pools. Also, not many tourists and visitors know that the two best places to take exterior photos of Disney Hall are from the DWP and from the roof of Stanley Mosk Courthouse across the street (the 9th floor roof terrace is adjacent to the court cafeteria and is open to the public).
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Vanessa, Thanks for the inside information about the photographing of the Disney building. I didn’t know that either.

    I’m sure more tourists don’t have the DWP building on their list of sights to see, but they should. :)


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