10-ton sculpture is moved across Music Center Plaza in downtown L.A.

The Music Center Plaza’s Jacques Lipchitz sculpture, “Peace on Earth,” a 10-ton bronze sculpture is
The Jacques Lipchitz’s “Peace on Earth,” a 10-ton bronze sculpture, is hoisted by a crane to its new home on the west side of downtown’s Music Center Plaza.
(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

A 10-ton bronze sculpture that stood for a half-century in Los Angeles has been moved — carefully — about 100 feet across a downtown square as part of a $40-million renovation.

A giant crane on Saturday hoisted the Jacques Lipchitz work “Peace on Earth” to its new home on the west side of Music Center Plaza. The move took about 15 minutes.

The work was commissioned in 1966 at the founding of the Music Center, home to performance halls including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The sculpture portrays a dove descending to Earth with the spirit of peace, symbolized by the Madonna standing inside a canopy.


The plaza renovation will incorporate five new buildings including a welcome center and restaurant.

The stories shaping California

Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.