10 Awesome Pieces of Public Art in San Pedro
6. "Ship in a Bottle"
"Ship in a Bottle" came to being in 2011 as part of efforts to renovate the Port of Los Angeles. It's located in the Cabrillo Way Marina, where you might take a nice, short stroll before stumbling upon the piece by artist Mark Dion. The bottle here is 12 feet long and the model of a container ship trapped inside the bottle is 8 feet. It's much bigger that the ships in bottles we've seen in living rooms but still makes you wonder, "How did you squeeze the ship in there?" 2293 Miner St., San Pedro.
7. "Multicultural Man"
"Multicultural Man" is one of several statues by Italian artist Francesco Perilli that were distributed in various countries. The one in San Pedro was a gift from the Italian city of Ischia. This token of appreciation didn't land near the San Pedro Promenade without some controversy, though. "Multicultural Man" may have come without distinguishable facial features — that's part of the concept — but he is anatomically correct. So, of course, someone had to get peeved by that. The hoopla seemed to be generally confined to the South Bay and eventually subsided. Now, "Multicultural Man" stands near the fountain where kids splash around on a hot day.
8. "You Are the Key"
You'll find a higher concentration of utility-box art on Harbor, but it exists elsewhere in San Pedro as well. Over on Pacific and Seventh, artist Adrienne Wade's work is so delightful that it nearly distracted me from a nearby glob of something nasty. By covering a boring old utility box with happy hues and uncomplicated images, Wade created a very hopeful piece of art, even when the sidewalk is at its Sunday morning grimiest.
A utility box in San Pedro painted by Nuria Ortiz
9. More utility box murals on Harbor Boulevard
If you like your walks dotted with bits of street art, Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro is the place for you. It's a busy street and parking isn't fantastic, so you might want to just stroll around when you're already in the area. Some of the pieces are easily viewable from the street. Others, like the box on Harbor and O'Farrell painted by Nuria Ortiz, consist of multiple pieces that can stand on their own, so you'll want to walk around the box to get a good view of it.
10. Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion
If you're heading to San Pedro, venture to the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion. There are a lot of reasons to come here. The view is beautiful. There always seems to be a good breeze, which might be why there are kites wrapped around wires. Then there's the bell. The Korean Bell of Friendship is a gift from Korea for the occasion of the U.S. Bicentennial. It's huge, weighing 17 tons, and inspired by the Bronze Bell of King Sondok. It's a showpiece and a spectacular backdrop for a wedding; in fact, the last time I visited, the bell was off-limits due to such an event. Angels Gate Park, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro.
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