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Frank Stella
Dusk (Moby Dick Series)

Project Area: CBD/Financial Core
Project: The Gas Company Tower
Project Location: 555 W. Fifth Street
Project Type: Developer


A 35,000 sq. ft. mural representation of a montage of paper collage, photographs of a metal construction, tape, push pins, and scraps of paper. "Dusk" is the largest mural in Downtown and one of the largest in Los Angeles. Located on the south wall of the Pacific Bell switching station, the piece is based on Stella's "Moby Dick" series that concerns motion and travel. The title of the work, like the others in the series, is after a chapter title in Melville's classic.

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Overview Image of Mural from Olive St.
Image of Mural from Grand Avenue

Artist Profile

Born in 1936 in Massachusetts, Frank Stella is recognized as a significant figure in the history of American abstract painting and printmaking.  Stella studied history at Princeton University while painting in his free time.  He found great inspiration from the abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.  Soon after graduating in 1958, the artist moved to New York and began to develop his own voice through a flatter style that more closely resembled the work of Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns.  In the mid-1980s, Stella began to create three-dimensional works and by the 1990s he was developing freestanding sculptures for public spaces.  His artwork can be found in many major museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The artist continues to live and work in New York City.