Excuse me, Mr. Lipschitz’s sculpture, could you kindly move over?

You walk your dog, right? And you lug your groceries from the market to the car. So why shouldn’t the Los Angeles Music Center, as part of its $40 million Plaza renovation project, take its Jacques Lipschitz “Peace on Earth” sculpture for a little stroll as well? It’s been sitting in the same spot since 1966. Even a 30-foot tall sculpture needs a change of scenery from time to time!

A bunch of arts-loving hard-hat guys did that last Saturday July 21. Remember that ouchy! hot day? Were you lifting a 10-ton bronze statue? No? Then quit complaining!

It was just a 100-foot move, from the Plaza center to the Plaza side. As we all know, this historic landmark, a commission for the French-born Lipschitz by two of The Music Center’s original founders, Lloyd Rigler and Lawrence Deutsch, passed its life in the midst of a lovely fountain. There in the midday sun it cooled down; there in the evening it took a public bath. There, one time we recall, a choreographer made a dance around it.

The sculpture, along with the dove of peace roosting on its top, has a super new location on the west side of The Music Center Plaza near a planned restaurant. It sounds like the perfect spot to enjoy the Lipschitz — from a fresh perspective.

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