United States Courthouse Los Angeles - CODAworx

United States Courthouse Los Angeles

Submitted by Marcel Machler

Client: General Services Administration

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2016

Project Team


Marcel Machler

Marcel Machler Inc.


Lonny Israel



Carving of 8.75″ tall Building ID and 4'6″Ø Federal Seal as a bas-relief in Indiana Limestone. Work was performed on-site after installation of stone panels.


The goal was to include a permanent design of both Federal ID and building ID into the walls of the Courthouse next to the main entrance. Carved in stone is proven to be the most durable of all options.


Collaboration with the architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP was important in bringing out the two dimensional details on paper into a seemingly three dimensional bas-relief carving. Whereas the design of most details was fairly straight forward, the glory (the "big bang" of the first thirteen states) above the eagle's head had to be developed due to lack of previously existing examples. Detail surface textures of the different images and elements also needed to be developed.

Additional Information

Building ID V-groove letters and Federal Seal carving required two months of on-site work.