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Lloyd Hamrol
Uptown Rocker

Project Area:  Bunker Hill
Project:  Uptown Rocker
Project Location:  Fourth Street at entrance to Lower Grand
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated


Six identically shaped 7'h x 18'w silhouettes of painted steel cars sit atop a curved, concrete rocker. Painted either red, green, black, gray, yellow or blue, each car provides a striking contrast to the dark and somber tones of nearby buildings. Hamrol incorporated the curved rocker to break up the straight lines created by the adjacent upright office tower and gridded streets. Although appearing to be balanced, the rocker is actually higher on the side of Grand Avenue than on the side of Hope Street: this slight difference creates a sense of movement when driving by on 4th Street, which Hamrol feels is the best way to view the sculpture.

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Uptown Rocker

Artist Profile

Born in San Francisco, Lloyd Hamrol received both his BA and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Hamrol is most recognized for his physically engaging public art pieces.  The artist was the recipient of three NEA Artist Fellowship Grants (1974, 1980, 1990).  Hamrol’s work is in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Laguna Beach Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.  In addition to Uptown Rocker in Los Angeles, Hamrol’s public art installations such as 7th Avenue Bridge in Phoenix, Arizona; Out of Bounds in Dublin, Ohio; Serpent Mound in Henderson, Nevada; and Coral Square in Hollywood, Florida can be found across the United States.  The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.