For the many millions of Los Angelenos, Wilshire Boulevard is the backbone of the city, a vital link from downtown Los Angeles to the city of Santa Monica. Of the countless iconic landmarks to line Wilshire Boulevard’s fifteen mile stretch, the unofficial proclaimed ‘gateway to Santa Monica’ has always been a most graceful, unobtrusive addition.
On June 25, 1989, the city of Santa Monica celebrated the inauguration of Tony DeLap’s stainless steel and plexiglass sculpture. Entitled ‘Big Wave’, a slim bar of steel arcs at Wilshire and Franklin, its center breaking into a sharp curve. A geometric wave, inspired by Russian Constructivism spans forty-two feet, hugging Wilshire’s wide corners in a lithe embrace. As one drives towards the ocean, ‘Big Wave’s’ restrained silhouette is a soft nod to the shores ahead, and the simplistic beauty of a single wave.
– Zanny Jacobsen, A+D Intern
– Photo Credit: www.smgov.net