Granite Lookout

Building a Public Sculpture

Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commission


Here’s a brief look at building “Granite Lookout,” at 450 E. Temple Street, Los Angeles CA.  Located in front of Firehouse 4, in downtown LA, two blocks from the Geffen (Temporary Contemporary) Art Museum, this work was designed for the firemen.  It is composed of  of granite, one of our toughest building materials, formed by fire itself, and light.  There are 10 granite blocks, weighing over 8400 lbs., each 12” x 12” x varying lengths, up to 7’.  The light comes from two acrylic boxes, each 12” x 12” x 3’, white during the daytime, but filled with brilliant color at night.  The vertical box is blue, and the horizontal is red, providing a message that the firehouse is open all through the night.