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Marlo Bartels
Grand Hope Park Project

Project Area: CT/South Park
Project: Renaissance Tower
Project Location: 501 W. Olympic Boulevard
Project Type: Developer


Located across Grand Hope Park in the courtyard of the Renaissance Tower are Marlo Bartels’ pair of monumental pyramid-shaped air vents.  A merry montage of colorful abstract mosaic designs are tiled on each side of the pyramid. 

Nearby is a unique black tiled column that stands in a public corridor that divides the Renaissance Tower.   Images on this more sober looking black tiled column include objects associated with Los Angeles such as palm trees, movie reels, fish, guns, and cars. 

On the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Grand Ave. are four colorful mosaic panels located on building's walls.  These wall panels bear a similar color and abstract mosaic scheme as the pyramids.

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Pyramid from Bartels' Grand Hope Park Project
Column detail from Bartels' Grand Hope Park Project
Wall panel from Marlo Bartels' Grand Hope Park Project

Artist Profile

Marlo Bartels has been producing and installing permanent indoor and outdoor ceramic sculptures, murals, and furniture since 1977.   Primarily working in ceramic tile, Bartel shapes, forms, and glazes the clay elements by hand and uses a vibrant color palette.  With the grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, he has developed new techniques for fabricating furniture and sculptures, using tile facings on ferro-cement with polystyrene substrates.  His work can be found in public collections throughout southern California.  Bartels received his MA from the University of California, Fullerton.