Douglas Hill Photography

Relief, Former Title Guarantee and Trust, 5th St, Los Angeles

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Bas-relief is a form of sculpture one doesn't see much these days, but there was a time when it was quite popular, a means of creating a narrative architects and their clients wanted to express.  In this instance, the bas-relief was conceived by the artist Edgar Walter and commissioned by the Title Guarantee and Trust building's architect, John Parkinson.  Although bas-relief is by definition extremely shallow, it's generally designed to be seen from a distance, from which a three-dimensional effect can be achieved.  That doesn't preclude it from being seen from other, at times distorting angles.