Griffith Park Astronomers Monument – Los Angeles CA


The Astronomer’s Monument is one of L. Archibald Garner’s well-known public works. It was completed in 1934 with PWAP support. It pays homage to six great astronomers: Hipparchus, Nicolas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and William Herschel. Although the monument was Garner’s design, he worked with 5 other sculptors to sculpt and cast it. Each artist was responsible for sculpting one astronomer. (One of the artists- George Stanley- was also the creator of the famous “Oscar” statuette).

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Project originally submitted by Terry (Garner) Stafford on May 19, 2010.

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2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Coordinates: 34.118888, -118.300383

4 comments on “Griffith Park Astronomers Monument – Los Angeles CA

  1. Einar Einarsson Kvaran

    Who did what here?
    What sculptor created which astronomer?

  2. Hipparchus (about 125 B.C.) – Archibald Garner
    Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) – Djey el Djey
    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) – Gordon Newell
    Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) – Arnold Foerster
    Isaac Newton (1642-1727) – George Stanley (also created the Oscar)
    John Herschel (1738-1822) – Roger Noble Burnham

  3. Jeff Garner

    Mr. Marlowe is not entirely correct on the artists and their astronomers:
    Garner sculpted Copernicus, Newell sculpted Kepler. He is correct about Burnham / Herschel, and Stanley / Newton. The other two combinations I cannot confirm, having never found, in my research on the monument, any documents to identify with any certainty who did which of these two. I suspect, based on style, that Djey did Hipparchus, but I don’t know this.
    Also, it’s the Astronomers Monument, not Astronomer’s…

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