A Community of Angels Sculptural Project

2000-2001; 2002. This is a Los Angeles project to decorate and paint several hundred angel sculptures. The sculptures are installed in various public spaces throughout the city. In May 2001 they were auctioned off to benefit Volunteers of America and Catholic Big Brothers. In 2002 10s of additional angels were created and auctioned off. The project is a joint venture of two charities, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the mayor's Volunteer Bureau. It mimics a public art installation of cows done in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998, which was followed by the popular "Cows on Parade" in Chicago. (Los Angeles Times, "Angels in L.A.; Sculpture: A young artist takes a leading role as Los Angeles launches a citywide public display of 400 fiberglass angels", October 20, 2000, p. B1)

The official Community of Angels web site was located at http://www.acommunityofangels.com/index.htm, but is no longer available. Several catalogs were produced for sale at the time of the public project, and may be located in select public libraries:

Michele Dugan (photographer), Marnie Tenden (text), and Hannah Kaufman (design). A Community of Angels: Los Angeles. Santa Monica: Angel City Press, 2001. 159 pages.

and

Michele Dugan (photographer), Marnie Tenden (text), and Hannah Kaufman (design). A Community of Angels. Santa Monica: Angel City Press, 2002. 144 pages.

Select photographs of angels as they were located in 2001 and 2002 are reproduced below, taken by a local tourist, who was not affiliated with the project.

2000-2001

7th and Figueroa

Grand Wilshire Hotel; Wilshire and Figueroa

Los Angeles Central Library; Bank of America

Pershing Square and environs

California Water Plaza/Wells Fargo

Staples Center


2002

Select photos of angels were taken by Ruth Wallach, a local tourist, who was not affiliated with the project.
2/2003. Updated 10/2008, 10/2011.


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