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John A. (Tony) Sheets
L.A. Evolves

Project Area: CT/Historic Core
Project: Broadway/Spring Center
Project Location: 333 S. Spring Street
Project Type: Developer


Cast in concrete relief, this six-story mural by Tony Sheets is located on the exterior of a parking garage. It consists of 12 panels that illustrate the history of Los Angeles, including the Angel's Flight, the red car system, the Los Angeles theater building, agriculture, industry, and founding families. The top right scene depicts workers harvesting a fruit orchard and vineyard. The top left depicts a building and a piece of fruit. Below on the left are two full-length figures of men standing in front of a new building. They hold a blueprint between them. The panel to the right depicts a large building façade with a motor truck and horse and wagon in front. The next panel down shows several oil wells with a group of workers in the foreground. The panel to the left depicts a building with a motor car standing in front. To the right, a panel depicts a train track and arch. To the left is a scene from Hollywood with directors shooting a movie. The bottom panels depicts individuals of various ethnic backgrounds on the left, and on the right a couple and a building façade.

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Artist Profile

Tony Sheets is a designer, painter, sculptor, and educator who has been creating original works since 1972.  After two years of studying landscape architecture at Cal Poly, Pomona, the artist left college for a full-time position to work with professional artists, architects, and Walt Disney.  This position would last twelve years.  Sheets works with a variety of materials such as cast and fabricated metals, cast stone, poured concrete, applied sand and cement, and resins.  Lately, the artist has preferred to work with copper repoussé, pounding copper into relief imagery.  The artist lives and works in Murphy, Oregon.