Contemporary Pop Artist Todd Gray’s ‘Love Wins’ Debuts At The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute For Transformative Medicine Of USC In L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A dramatic wall sculpture by leading contemporary pop artist Todd Gray of Los Angeles is now on exhibit at the innovative new home of The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC in West Los Angeles.

“Love Wins” by Todd Gray (65”H X 135”W X 15” D)

Gray’s Love Wins sculpture at the southeast side of the fifth floor near the Zen Garden was created with simple wooden geometric cubes, painted with brilliant acrylic colors and clean lines that reflect his unique visual language. It is the only three-dimensional wall sculpture at the Ellison Institute, and its bold design incorporates uplifting and emotional words contributed by the Institute’s clinic staff.

“The power of art to heal was evident to me when I painted Flabbergast, the outside mural near the World Trade Center,” said Gray.  “The vibe in the neighborhood was one of despair, but as thousands of people passed by daily and watched us work we could feel spirits lifting. By the time we were finished with Flabbergast, people were having their photos taken in front of it and jumping for joy, which was an enormous honor. My Ellison Institute work has been a true labor of love and is instilled with the same joy of life that I hope will definitely be contagious.”

The Ellison Institute is guided by Founding Director and CEO David B. Agus, MD, and tackles difficult questions in healthcare and medical research to push the boundaries of traditional medicine. Designed with collaboration in mind, the Institute’s converging research ecosystem is underscored by its multidisciplinary think-tank, which brings together physicians, scientists and thought leaders of disparate backgrounds from around the world to transform how cancer prevention, detection and treatment are approached.

Housed within a healing environment, the Ellison Institute’s collection of world class art showcases works from top artists, curated to inspire hope among patients, their families and visitors. The Ellison Institute is located at 12414 Exposition Boulevard, near West L.A.’s Expo/Bundy Station.

Todd’s work exudes vibrant color, energy, enthusiasm and a lust for life.  His sculpture will provide a beautiful and uplifting spirit to all who pass through the Institute’s doors in the years to come,” said Ellis Goodman, owner of CODA Gallery in Palm Desert, which was named the Best Gallery inCaliforniain 2017 and 2020 by the American Art Awards.

Pop art fans frequently visit the Todd Gray Studio website, online shop or text him at 1818-446-1105. Connect with Todd on Instagram @toddgray_studios or Facebook. To watch Todd creating “Love Wins” see video here.

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Escondido Debuts New Outdoor Fitness Center

An outdoor fitness center now open to the public made its debut Wednesday in Escondido as part of a nationwide initiative to build more accessible healthy infrastructure.

a group of people in a pool: A look at the new Fitness Center at Mountain View Park in Escondido.

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A look at the new Fitness Center at Mountain View Park in Escondido.

Escondido announced it has been selected as the first “Model City” in the region and as such, will be installing a total of five Fitness Courts throughout the North County city. Those centers offer residents the chance to exercise outdoors with new equipment.

The first completed fitness center was built in Mountain View Park and includes guidance on how to use the equipment.

graphical user interface: A sign guides visitors on how to use the Fitness Center.

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A sign guides visitors on how to use the Fitness Center.

With it, the seven-station center allows visitors to work on their agility, core and bend, as well as focus on other activities like lunges, squats, pulls and pushes. A free mobile application is also available to help participants maximize their workouts with the new equipment.

Local leaders are searching for Fitness Court Ambassadors to partner with the city and offer free exercise classes and workshops for residents.

The Fitness Court project was launched by the National Fitness Campaign, a nationwide organization that partners with cities to create healthy infrastructure.

To learn more about the Fitness Court, or how to become an ambassador, click here.

a blue umbrella: A better look at some of the Fitness Center's equipment.

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A better look at some of the Fitness Center’s equipment.

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