Stunning Urban Space: Gwynn Murrill’s Avenue of the Stars Exhibition Sets the Bar High

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Murrill makes every median count.

Los Angeles artist Gwynn Murrill has transformed the staid medians of Century City’s Avenue of the Stars. Twenty-two life-size bronze animals now lounge, graze and lope down the central medians. Coyotes, inspired by Murrill’s life in the Santa Monica Mountains, deer modeled after the Ezo Shika deer indigenous to the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, tigers, panthers, a horse, a big horn sheep, and the gateway piece, an enormous eagle in flight now inhabit this steely urban space. The sculptures flow down the center of the mile long avenue, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Pico Boulevard with fresh landscaping to set off the sculptures. Slow down your car or access the artwork by foot from the sidewalk, to take in this ‘must see’ exhibit not only for art lovers, art students, and collectors, but also a wonderful summer respite for area business people and a fun day-trip, or family outing.

The exhibition is a powerful melding of art, landscape and architecture. Gwynn Murrill’s masterful sculptures catapult Century City beyond a business center surrounded by skyscrapers into a site for world-class art.

On Display until October 2013

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About Gwynn Murrill
Drawn to aspects of the natural environment and the complex beauty of wildlife, Gwynn Murrill's principal subject is the animal form. Murrill has shown her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States and overseas and her sculptures are represented in many public collections, including those of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; and the American Embassy, Singapore. Her awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Grant, and a Prix di Roma Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Murrill lives and works in Los Angeles. Gwynn earned an M.F.A. and B.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is represented by L.A. Louver

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