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Peter Shire
NoHo Gateway

Project Area: North Hollywood
Project: NoHo Streetscape
Project Location: Lankershim Boulevard and Huston Street
Project Type: CRA Initiated


Angels stand alongside men and women, the unsung heroes, the backbone of the movie industry and the center of North Hollywood. The artist’s concept was to celebrate the area’s history of providing "behind the scenes" support to the entertainment industry.  The Gateway depicts characters busily building sets, operating cameras, and designing costumes. Circles floating across the truss suggest champagne bubbles, musical notes on a bar, or balloons attached to a fence to announce a child’s party. Houses are elevated to show that this is about a sense of community, of home. In the center, a blue airport runway guiding light creates a connection to the airport and a sense of fantasy, direction, and security as one comes in for a happy landing in NoHo.

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Artist Profile

Peter Shire is most recognized for his ceramic teapots, sculptures, and architectural collaborations.  The artist is one of the original members of the Memphis group, who challenged the rigidity of modernist vocabulary and in turn boldly articulated a language defined by the unexpected visual dialogue between form and surface and between technology and aesthetics.  Shire’s work is in the public collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Laguna Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Seattle Museum of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Judisches Museum, Frankfurt.  He is a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles has his art studio located in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.