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Relief Sculpture 1-5

Artist
Emile Jordan
Year
circa 1985
Artwork Type
Sculpture
Media & Support
Wood
Department
Public Library
Location
A.C. Bilbrew Library
150 East El Segundo Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
District
2
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Description

In 1984, to commemorate the Olympics being held in Los Angeles, Emile Jordan put on display five sports themed plaques, ten sculptures and fourteen masks, all hand carved, at the AC Bilbrew Library. Jordan’s masks and statues are inspired by historic African tribal motifs, but his contemporary interpretation makes them seem timeless. The masks sat on top of the book stacks and become landmarks for the different sections of the library for almost 30 years. The artworks became fixtures and Jordan donated them to the library so they will remain on public display. In 2016-17 the library was renovated and the artworks were custom mounted to a wall giving them more prominence as an important part of the library's history.