Post Office Bas-Reliefs (Exterior) – Inglewood CA

Description

Four plaster bas-reliefs, depicting a buffalo, bear, ram, and lion, decorate the exterior of the Inglewood CA main post office. They sit between the first and second floor windows of the front of the building.

These sculptures were created by Gordon Newell and Sherry Peticolas in 1937 and funded by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts (not the arts programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), as sometimes thought).

The artist and provenance of the abstract relief with an eagle over the entrance of the post office is unknown to us.

The 1940 granite statue of the dog “Rex” in front of the post office was paid for by private donations, apparently. 

Source notes

Sam Gnerre, "South Bay history: WPA art works have enlivened the Inglewood post office since the 1930s". Daily Breeze, September 26, 2022. https://www.dailybreeze.com/2022/09/26/south-bay-history-wpa-art-works-have-enlivened-the-inglewood-post-office-since-the-1930s/

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on June 12, 2013.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


300 East Hillcrest Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90301

Coordinates: 33.959, -118.351

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