James Dean at Griffith Observatory


This bust of James Dean is in front of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on the right (west) side as you face the building.  Both the interior and exterior of the Observatory were featured in his most famous movie, 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause, and was the first time a planetarium theater was used in a movie. The work is by artist Kenneth Kendall and a duplicate bust is in the James Dean Memorial Park in the actor’s hometown of Fairmount, Indiana.  On a clear day you can take a picture of the statue with the Hollywood sign in the background.

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