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The Helmsman

Carlo Alfred Romanelli
Artwork Type
Media & Support
Concrete, wood on granite
15 ft.x 9 ft.x 12 ft.* (4.6 x 2.7 x 3.7 m)
Beaches and Harbors
Burton W. Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA
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Latitude: -118.444022 - Longitude: 33.977745
Image: The Helmsman

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For many years, The Helmsman stood in front of, and was a trademark for, the world renowned Helms Bakery on Venice Boulevard in Culver City, California. In 1971 the statue was donated to the County by the Helms family. It is now looks out over the Marina Del Rey Harbor in Burton W. Chace Park. The Helmsman is a cast concrete figure in staunch repose with both hands clenched on a wooden helm. His posture is tight, his body hunched over, and his expression determined. Although formerly the symbol of the unfaltering delivery service of the Helms Bakery, The Helmsman fits perfectly in this maritime environment.

About the Artist

Carlo Romanelli was a Los Angeles sculptor in the first half of the 20th Century. His works can be seen at St. Michael's Church, Los Angeles; St. Vincent de Paul, Los Angeles; and Temple Shaarei Tikvah, Arcadia.

His son, Carl Romanelli, also a sculptor, created the Joseph Scott statue, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, as well as a likeness of Elvis Presley which resides outside the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.