Public sculptures dissed by LAPD chief win award


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Remember those bronze sculptures for the new LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles that outgoing Police Chief William J. Bratton publicly dissed as looking like ‘cow splat’ when they were unveiled last October?

Today the Washington, D.C., nonprofit arts lobby Americans for the Arts cited the Peter Shelton ensemble as among the 40 best public artworks commissioned in the U.S. and Canada in 2009. More than 300 projects had been submitted for the award.


In addition to ‘sixbeaststwomonkeys,’ a set of eight monumental abstractions of animal forms arrayed on pedestals along Spring Street, a second Shelton sculpture also made the list. A pair of bronzes titled ‘thinmanlittlebird’ flank the front steps of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. Projects were recognized in 29 cities in 15 states.

-- Christopher Knight

Above: Shelton’s sculpture ‘sixbeaststwomonkeys’ alongside the LAPD headquarters building. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times.