"By embedding the work of
creative artists in the city's physical landscape and bringing lively
performances of theatre, music and dance to its neighborhoods, Public
Art in Los Angeles has made the arts a part of the daily lives of all
Joel Wachs, President, Andy Warhol Foundation
"Art interrupts the mundane."
John Outterbridge, Artist
"Finding a poem on a bus
is like a gift. It makes people realize they are not alone."
Roni Walter, Metro Bus customer
By now, most everyone is familiar
with the graceful curves of a building designed by Frank O. Gehry. Gehrys
Walt Disney Concert Hall posed extraordinary challenges to ironworkers.
With the building skin stretched tight and tolerances shaved to a thousandth
of an inch, there was simply no room for typical industry tolerances.
The new breed of ironworker relies on tools as ancient as hammers and
as modern as lasers yet the muscular forms of these fearless workers defying
gravity hundreds of feet above the ground is testament to the great unchanging
tradition of their trade.
Photographer Gil Garcetti had
unparalleled free access to the construction site. The personal relationships
he developed with the workers over the course of many months and his admiration
for their artistry are evident in these moving portraits. Garcettis
evocative images, reproduced in rich duotones, bring to life the romantic
ideal of the heavy industry.
Gil Garcetti was a member of the Los Angeles County District Attorneys
Office for 32 years, ending his term as District Attorney in 2000. During
that time he has been an active photographer and observer of Los Angeles