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  • CRA/LA’S commitment to public art began over 40 years ago.
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  • California Plaza developers met their art requirement by building a $23 million facility for the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Bob Zoell

Project Area:  CBD-South Park
Project:  Market Lofts
Project Location:  645 W. 9th Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


For the parking level of this residential and commercial structure, artist Bob Zoell conceived a design to enhance the stagnant area of the parking garage by using color, symbols, and words to engage its viewers. Using icons of computer communication such as punctuation marks and happy faces as well as graphic silhouettes of people, trees, and animals, Zoell designed tile murals that were placed throughout the parking garage, lobby, and elevators to create familiar and enjoyable imagery for the passersby.

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Market at 9th Parking
Elevator lobby tile murals by Bob Zoell

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.