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February 2009

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 The Music Center

Ah, downtown at the Music Center they're setting up for this evening's production of the Magic Flute

LA Opera dolly

The mysterious door as you enter the plaza actually, the Dance Door, a bronze sculpture created in 1978 by Robert Graham and donated to the Music Center in 1982

The Dance Door, a bronze sculpture created in 1978 by Robert Graham -- Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
The Dance Door, a bronze sculpture created in 1978 by Robert Graham -- Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
The Dance Door, a bronze sculpture created in 1978 by Robert Graham -- Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center

Oh yeah, on Sunday afternoon, May 4, 1969, "Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz was dedicated here a dove descending to earth with the spirit of peace, symbolized by the Madonna standing inside a tear shaped canopy, supported by a base of reclining lambs.  It's still here, and the most photographed item of public art in Los Angeles, which is odd, because it's rather ugly and reminds you of the insufferable, obvious eagerness of the late sixties. Consider it a curiosity, a cultural artifact of another time.

"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center
"Peace on Earth" by Jacques Lipchitz, 1969 - Plaza at Los Angeles Music Center

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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