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Bob Zoell
Untitled
2009


Project Area:  Central Industrial
Project:  Santa Fe Art Colony
Project Location:  2421 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated

Description:

Located at the entrance of the Santa Fe Art Colony, this 34 1/2 foot fiberglass and steel sculpture serves as a visible marker for one of the oldest artist live/work complexes in the industrial section of downtown Los Angeles.  Through his depiction of the classic “artist palette” in black silhouette, Bob Zoell creates a biomorphic form that suggests an otherworldly being, with mouth wide open, trumpeting its presence in the industrial landscape.

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Santa Fe Art Colony artwork
 
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Artist Profile

Born in Regina, Canada in 1940, Bob Zoell relocated to Los Angeles in 1962 to begin work as a designer with the Richter Mracky Design Studios.  It was not until several years later that the artist branched out to open his own design/illustration studio.  He has been the recipient of the Pollack/Krasner and the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants.  His works are in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and he is a regular contributor to the New Yorker with seven covers to his credit.  Zoell’s public artworks are always site-specific and often incorporate complex layers of tongue-in-cheek humor.  His latest public art projects include a ceramic tile project for the Milan Lofts in Pasadena, commissioned by Studio One Eleven; a ceramic tile project for “Market at 9th and Flower,” commissioned by the CIM Group; and a sign marker for the Santa Fe Art Colony, commissioned by the CRA/LA (completion date TBD).  The artist lives in Los Angeles.