Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Face of Aspiration Statue

We've all seen the 'Aspiration' statue that honors Rudolph Valentino in De Longpre Park in Hollywood.  However you don't see photos of the face of the statue.  The head which is tilted back with eyes closed as it soaks in the warmth of the sun.

Created by noted sculptor Roger Noble Burnham it was dedicated on Rudy's birthday May 6, 1930. Its been a Hollywood landmark ever since. However, in the mid 1950's the statue was victim of vandalism and was put in storage.  You will notice when the vandals knocked the statue off its pedestal that it caused the nose to be flattened.  That has never been fixed. 

It's nice that the statue is still there 86 years after it's dedication.

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