Public Sculptures by May Sun seen at Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park, Los Angeles - "Ripple of Hope" Gateway

"Ripple of Hope" Gateway

May Sun created a 6 ft. X 24 ft. stainless steel gateway in Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park, Los Angeles, California at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel. Cut-out in the form of a ripple in the water and text are taken from the Day of Affirmation speech that RFK gave in South Africa in 1966.
It reads as "Few will have the greatness to bend history but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation….It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, it sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

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May Sun is a Los Angeles based artist working in Sculpture, Multi-Media Installation and Photography, Drawing and Painting. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including MIT’s List Center for the Visual Arts, ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas and the Asia Society Galleries in New York.

In her public art commissions, she strives to bring to light untold histories of the site that honor communities in works that are aesthetically powerful and meaningful to viewers. Her choice of material is based on the surrounding environment and its appropriateness in the narrative of the artwork.

She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including two NEA Visual Artist’s Fellowships, a Getty Fellowship for the Visual Arts, an AIA Certificate of Recognition Award, and an Honor Award from the Los Angeles Westside Urban Forum. Her installation UnderGround is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her multi-media installation “L.A./River/China/Town” premiered at the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Art in the Raw series in 1988, and the MOCA produced a radio version of the installation won a Silver Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Public art commission locations include the Hollywood and Western Red Line Subway Station in Hollywood; Union Station Gateway Center, Los Angeles; City Hall in Culver City; Warner Center, Woodland Hills; San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio, Texas; a public plaza in Chinatown in Boston, Massachusetts and the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

She received her B.A. in Art (Painting/Sculpture/Graphic Arts) from UCLA and attended the MFA program in Sculpture at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Teaching experience includes several years as a faculty member at California Institute for the Arts, and a visiting artist and faculty member at art schools and colleges nationally, including the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.