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From the Archives: 'Lady of the Lake' statue

From the Archives: 'Lady of the Lake' statue
May 31, 1934: Ada May Sharpless stands next to her Art Deco style sculpture Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles, or Queen of the Angels. The statue, popularly known as the Lady of the Lake, overlooks Echo Park Lake. ((Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA))

The "Lady of the Lake" is 14 feet high and is made of poured concrete. It was funded through the Federal Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in 1934. The sculpture currently is located at the edge of Echo Park Lake.

A similar photo to the above image appeared in the June 1, 1934, Los Angeles Times.

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Artist Ada May Sharpless was born on Aug. 16, 1899, in Hilo, Hawaii. and grew up in Santa Ana. She studied at the Otis Art Institute and later in Paris. Sharpless died in 1988.

KCET examined the history of the sculpture in a 2013 report, "The Lady of the Lake: The Depression Era Roots of Echo Park's Unofficial Patron Saint."

Aug. 9, 2017: Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles, known as the Lady of the Lake, by Ada May Sharpless in Echo Park in Los Angeles.
Aug. 9, 2017: Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles, known as the Lady of the Lake, by Ada May Sharpless in Echo Park in Los Angeles. ((Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times))
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