When exploring downtown Los Angeles to build our game for the city, we discovered the Morgan Adams, Jr. Sculpture Garden at the front steps to the YMCA. This is a great place to take an afternoon walk if you work in DTLA or to explore if you are visiting Los Angeles and looking for something to do.
We took some time to transcribe the plaque for each sculpture in case anyone is doing research on the artists or on the Adams family (who generously donated the artwork for this park). Students and teachers are welcome to freely use the pictures in this blog post, we just ask that they are not used commercially.
Enjoy this virtual visit to downtown Los Angeles!
Mark Stasz, Sculptor
Sun Valley, Idaho
Donated by Ruth S. Adams, William A. Beth, Richard E. Beth, Randy Jean Brandow, Robert W. Beth
Milton Hebald. Rome 1986
Donated by John King Adams, Peter Seitz Adams, David Vidor Adams, Norman Adams
Composition in Stainless Steel and Bronze No. Eleven
Sculptor: Gidon Graetz
Commissioned by the Adams Family for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Alchemy of the Human Spirit 1999
Cast Bronze and Stainless Steel, #1 of 4
in Memory of Ruth S. Adams
Sculptor: Michael Zapponi
Commissioned by Morgan Adams, Jr. and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Milton Hebald, Rome 1986
Donated by Aileen Adams, Robin Lee Adams, Mary Adams Reinisch
Waller Taylor, II
(1925 – 1991)
An outstanding civic leader and remarkable YMCA volunteer, known nationally and internationally as “Mr. YMCA”. Waller Taylor served as a member of the board of directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles for 35 years and as chairman for eleven years.
Asking nothing in return for his time and effort, he gave devoted and inspired leadership to the development of YMCA programs and facilities that will enrich the lives of youth, families, adults and senior citizens, throughout the Los Angeles area, for decades to come.
For his service, for his leadership, for his inspiration, the YMCA and the community remain forever grateful.
Julie MacDonald, 1926-82
Beloved sister of Morgan Adams, Jr. and Peter Adams.
Mother of Judy and Alexander MacDonald
Donated to the YMCA by Ruth S. and Morgan Adams, Jr.
Mind, Body and Spirit
Gidon Graetz, Florence 1986
In memory of Los Angeles pioneers
James H. Adams 1856-1921
Morgan Aams 1886-1951
King Vidor 1894-1982