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Michael Tansey
Daffodil Metamorphosis

Project Area:  CT-South Park
Project:  Daffodil Metamorphosis
Project Location:  LA Live Way between 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated


Michael Tansey’s cast aluminum and steel sculpture Daffodil Metamorphosis is a fanciful renovation of a 34’ h air raid siren used during the cold war.  Tansey’s bright yellow daffodil petals bloom from the siren’s speakers, bringing tidings of peace and renewal instead of the perils of war.  The daffodil was chosen for its tradition of being the first flower of spring to bloom.  The concept for Daffodil Metamorphosis comes from the idea of taking a symbol from the cold war era and turning it into a symbol for the future.  It is located on LA Live Way heading towards Olympic Blvd, on the left side near the 110 Harbor Freeway.

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Artist Profile

Prior to his commission with the CRA/LA, Michael Tansey was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.  After his service, he chose to study art and received his BA and MA from the Otis College of Art and Design.  Tansey serves on the boards of the Downtown Arts Development Association, Los Angeles River Artist and Business Association, and the Sierra Pacific Flyfishers.  Currently, the artist is a general contractor and developer living in Long Beach, California.