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Bill Barrett
LA Family Baroque

Project Area:  CBD-Financial Core
Project:  One Bunker Hill
Project Location:  601 W. 5th Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


One Bunker Hill, formerly the Southern California Edison Building, was built in the art deco style in the early 1930’s. When renovated and expanded in the 1990’s, the owners, as part of the CRA/LA percent for art requirement, commissioned Bill Barrett to create this public artwork. The artist took into account the physical space and ambience of this site when creating the LA Family Baroque sculpture. Located in the outer entryway of the building, it measures thirteen feet high and was welded from sheets of bronze. This piece embraces Barrett’s distinctive fluid and calligraphic style, forming a symbolic family of abstract pieces..
LA Family Baroque

Artist Profile

Originally from Los Angeles, Bill Barrett currently divides his time between New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His works, usually fabricated in aluminum, bronze or steel, focus on the interplay between positive and negative space. He has been exhibiting his sculptural pieces since the mid 1960’s in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Many private collections and museums own his work including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, and the Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum in Tokyo. Barrett studied at the University of Michigan where he earned his BS, MS, and MFA.