From the Archives: Hollywood Bowl Muse of Music, Dance, Drama

Nov. 28, 1955: Muse of Music, Dance, Drama statuary at entrance to the Hollywood Bowl.
(John Malmin / Los Angeles Times)

Completed in 1940, the Muse of Music, Dance, Drama is actually a fountain. The designer, George Stanley, also created the original Oscar statuette.

This image appeared in the 1955-56 Los Angeles Times Know Your City photography series. The Dec. 5, 1955, Los Angeles Times caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 18 -- This is a familiar symbol to people who go bowling. But don't look for any tenpins, because it was built when a lot of people were in the alleys. It still refuses to dance to the music. Just for fun, What? Answer will be found on Page 32, Part 2.

ANSWER: Sure, it's the artistically modern statuary that overlooks the entrance to Hollywood Bowl. You've seen it hundreds of times. Its construction in 1940 was one of the last acts of the Depression-- a WPA art project.

The 200-foot-long, 22-foot-tall artwork sat neglected for years until a 2006 restoration project. For more, check out this 2006 Bob Pool story, “Getting a Splash From the Past.”

June 19, 2006: Juan Manuel sweeps near the restored fountain, which features the Muse of Music, Dance, Drama. Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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