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Robert Graham
Great Bronze Doors

Project Area:  CBD-Civic Center
Project:  Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Project Location:  555 W. Temple Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Robert Graham's Great Bronze Doors is a monumental 30' x 30' relief at the entrance of the Cathedral's main portal. The twenty-five ton doors include a 10' h tympanum bearing an 8' h gilded sculptural image of Our Lady of the Angels. The inner doors beneath feature ancient iconography. Within the doors are inset high-relief panels with images that include: various manifestations of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the grapevine emblematic of Christ and his Church; and the symbols reflecting cultural diversity in the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Artist Profile

Born in Mexico City, Robert Graham (1938-2008) earned his BA from San Jose State College and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  Graham’s work has been the subject of over eighty solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico. His work can be found in many national and international museum collections.  Some of Graham’s most recognized civic monuments include the Los Angeles Olympic Gateway (1984), the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C. (1997), and the Great Bronze Doors for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles (2002).  In 1993, Robert Graham received the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award and the California Governor’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the Arts.  In 2005, Graham was the recipient of the Hope of Los Angeles Award, Latino Heritage Month, City of Los Angeles.