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Michael Amescua
Chinatown Medallions
Painted aluminum with red polypropylene rope

Project Area:  Chinatown
Project:  Chinatown Medallion Project
Project Location:  Various locations along Broadway, Hill St., Spring St., and Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated


Brilliant red aluminum medallions display the Chinese characters for Prosperity, Longevity, Harmony, and Wisdom.  The characters are rendered in traditional calligraphy and are repeated on forty-five City street light poles along the Broadway, Hill, Spring, and Cesar Chavez corridors. Also integrated into the Chinatown Dragon Gateway, these images reinforce their positive greeting to residents and visitors. The medallions are further adorned with hanging rope tassels that reference Feng Shui lucky charms. Funding and assistance was provided by CRA/LA along with the Historic & Cultural Neighborhood Council and the Chinatown Business Improvement District.
Chinatown Medallion by Michael Amescua

Artist Profile

Michael Amescua was born in Morenci, Arizona and has spent his professional life creating public sculpture in Los Angeles. Working primarily in steel, Amescua has completed commissions for the Los Angeles County Metro, the Los Angeles International Airport, Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Zoo, McCambridge Park in Burbank, Montebello Transit Center, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Los Angeles County Chatsworth Courthouse. Amescua holds a BA in Anthropology from Occidental College, and is a long time artist in residence at Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles.