Councilman Gil Cedillo Unveils Restored Statue of Florence Nightingale

Councilman Cedillo leads effort to restore statue to preserve rich historic cultural heritage of the City’s public art collection at Lincoln Park.

 

WHAT:            Public unveiling of restored Florence Nightingale Statue

 

WHO:             Councilmember Gil Cedillo

                       Commission President Sylvia Patsaouras, Department of Recreation & Parks

                       General Manager Danielle Brazell, Department of Cultural Affairs

                                     

 WHEN:           Thursday, January 08, 2015

                        11:00 a.m.: Presentation

                        11:15 a.m.: Statue unveiling

 

WHERE:          Lincoln Park

                        3501 Valley Boulevard

                        Lincoln Heights, CA 90012

WHY:   The Florence Nightingale sculpture, created by David Edstrom, is a 9’ h x 3’ l x 4’ w figurative sculpture that commemorates the life of Florence Nightingale and her contributions to the nursing profession. The sculpture is made from cast stone and depicts Florence in a nurse uniform with hat and long flowing dress. The sculpture was commissioned during the 1930’s New Deal Era for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and funded by the Hospital Council of Southern California. The artwork was gifted to the City of Los Angeles, and with approval from the Los Angeles Municipal Art Commission in 1937, officially became accepted into the City’s Art Collection.

Restoration Project: Rosa Lowinger & Associates was selected to conserve and restore the Florence Nightingale sculpture by recreating both hands and the lamp as well as removing graffiti on the statue.

 

 

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