We The People: Out of Many, One
- Kent Twitchell
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- 12 ft.x 60 ft.* (3.7 x 18.3 m)
- Military and Veterans Affairs
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
1816 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
Dedicated in 1926, the 10-story Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was built as a memorial to veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. Designed by Allied Architects, a consortium of 33 Los Angeles architects, the building is a historic icon on the Los Angeles skyline, situated downtown just south of the 10 freeway. It received a Certificate of Honor from the California chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is on the State’s Register of Historical Resources.
Kent Twitchell was born in 1942 and grew up in Michigan. After serving as an Air Force illustrator in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles and attended East Los Angeles College. He received his B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles and later, his M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. While pursuing education, Twitchell began to build his legacy as a large scale muralist painting in a photorealist style. In 1971 and 1972, he completed some of his first public murals in Los Angeles, including the “Strother Martin Monument” and the “Bride and Groom” murals. He views his artwork as monuments to American cultural heroes.