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Jasper D'Ambrosi
Jacob's Ladder

Project Area: Beacon Street
Project: American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
Project Location: Harbor Boulevard between 5th and 6th Streets at John S. Gibson, Jr. Park
Project Type: CRA/LA Cultural Trust Fund


Seeking to create a memorial to honor the service of merchant mariners in times of peace as well as conflict, the Southern California Chapter of the American Merchant Veterans and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Maritime Union established the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee. With funding assistance from the CRA/LA, this committee selected sculptor Jasper D’Ambrosi’s proposal for his bronze statue, Jacob’s Ladder, which depicts two merchant mariners climbing up a Jacob’s ladder after a rescue at sea. Unfortunately, the artist passed away before he could complete the final clay model. In tribute to their father, sculptors Marc and Michael D’Ambrosi completed the enlargement, casting the statue at the then family foundry, Arizona Bronze. The 17 ½ ft. high bronze statue atop a 5 ft. high base is part of a fountain with running water and is illuminated at night.
American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
Jacob's Ladder by D'Ambrosi

Artist Profile

The son of Italian immigrants, sculptor Jasper D’Ambrosi (1926-1986) was born and raised in Wilmington, CA.  After graduating cum laude from USC where he studied Fine Art, D’Ambrosi headed Douglas Aircraft’s graphic arts department for nine years and then established his own printing and design firm. Finally in 1970, the artist decided to pursue his art full-time. Specializing in sculpting, he quickly became well-known for his realistic and finely detailed bronze sculptures.