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Discover the Treasures of L.A. County's Civic Arts Collection


We the People: Out of ManyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
We the People: Out of ManyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
by Kent TwitchellWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom ClanceyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Merle Axelrad's Butterfly Effect in the Arcadia Mental Health Center (2015)
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Merle Axelrad's Butterfly Effect in the Arcadia Mental Health Center (2015)
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Mental Health
; Credit: Gennia Cui
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Sandow Birk's Baywatch Avalon (2010) in Avalon on Catalina Island
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Sandow Birk's Baywatch Avalon (2010) in Avalon on Catalina Island
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Fire; Credit: Los Angeles County Arts CommissionWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
We the People: Out of ManyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
by Kent TwitchellWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom ClanceyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
We the People: Out of ManyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
by Kent TwitchellWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom ClanceyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Untitled (1973) by Dora De LariosWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Public Library; Credit: Patrick McElhenneyWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Untitled (1973) by Dora De LariosWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Public LibraryWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Erin Shie Palmer's Pentimento (2016) at the Medical Examiner-Coroner downtown
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Erin Shie Palmer's Pentimento (2016) at the Medical Examiner-Coroner downtown
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
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We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
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We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
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We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Chief Executive Office; Credit: Ken Gonzales-DayWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Ken Gonzales-Day's California Landscapes (2007) is at the Chief Executive Office.
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Ken Gonzales-Day's California Landscapes (2007) is at the Chief Executive Office.
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Client department: Parks and Recreation; Credit: Los Angeles County Arts CommissionWe the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Brad Howe's One Desert Sky (2014) is in the High Desert Regional Health Center in Lancaster.
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey
Brad Howe's One Desert Sky (2014) is in the High Desert Regional Health Center in Lancaster.
We the People: Out of Many, One (2013), by Kent Twitchell, is at downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.
Client department: Military and Veterans Affairs; Credit: Tom Clancey

Launched in 2015, an intrepid team of researchers, registrars and art sleuths embarked upon the uninspiringly titled Civic Art Baseline Inventory. But the scope of the project is exciting, as the team tirelessly searches the county's unassuming institutions and public spaces, spreading out over hundreds of L.A. County sites in 88 municipalities across 4,000 square miles, looking for inspiring art that has been commissioned or donated over the 166-year history of Los Angeles. 

Significantly, this is the first large-scale survey of the county's art collection ever attempted. Before the inventory began, it was hard to determine exactly what the county had in its collection. “Unfortunately, we don't have a secret warehouse of art,” jokes Clare Haggarty, the civic arts collections manager, who oversees the entire project. Now the team has compiled a list of 900 sites most likely to have art from the list of thousands of county facilities. Read L.A. Weekly's article here