Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1931 - 1955
(On second plaque:)
Presented in 1988 by the artist Kenneth Kendall who sculpted it in 1955-1956 at the request of James Dean and dedicates it to his memory. It ended with his body changed to light a star burns forever in that sky "The Flight of Quetzalcoatl" Aztec
Location. 34° 7.113′ N, 118° 18.039′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from East Obseratory Ave., on the right when traveling west. On the west grounds of the Griffith Observatory. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 East Observatory Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Greek Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ennis House (approx. half a mile away); A Gabrielino Indian Site (approx. Ύ mile away); Site of the Old Los Angeles Zoo (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs (approx. 1.3 miles away); Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round (approx. 1.4 miles away); Adobe of the Rancho Los Feliz (approx. 1½ miles away); William Mulholland (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Regarding James Dean. Presented by the artist to the City of Los Angeles in 1988. James Dean (1931-1955) was a film actor. Dean approached the artist in January 1955, to request the sculpture.
Also see . . .
1. James Dean. Internet Movie Database (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. James Dean, From Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
1. Griffith Observatory
The observatory was featured in a number of scenes in the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause; a bust of James Dean was subsequently placed at the west side of the grounds. It has appeared in several movies:
Rebel without a Cause
The Terminator (revisited as a ruin in 2009's Terminator Salvation)
The End of Violence
War of the Colossal Beast
The People vs. Larry Flint
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
House on Haunted Hill (1999 remake)
Queen of the Damned
Transformers (2007 live-action film)
Earth Girls Are Easy
The Observatory has appeared in episodes of the following TV shows:
24 (Day 1 3:00pm-4:00pm; aired on March 19, 2002)
Adventures of Superman (first episode, as Jor-El's laboratory on Superman's home planet Krypton; some other episodes, as the Metropolis observatory.)
Angel (episode "Are You Now or
Beverly Hills, 90210 ("Rebel with a Cause", episode 13)
Danny Phantom (The Amity Park Observatory modeled on The Griffith Observatory.)
MacGyver (pilot episode)
Mission: Impossible (opening pilot episode)
Quantum Leap (Goodbye Norma Jean)
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger
Star Trek: Voyager (two-part episode "Future's End")
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
The New Adventures of Wonder Woman between 1977 and 1979.
The Simpsons (duplicated as Springfield Observatory)
The Wonder Years.
Was a filming location for the music video for "Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul which starred Keanu Reeves and was directed by Stefan Wόrnitzer. This video was based on Rebel Without a Cause.
— Submitted June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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