Poet’s Walk is public art project at the office and shopping complex at the southwest corner of 7th and Figueroa Streets. It’s a collection of nine works that combine art and poetry.
Corporate Head is the best known of these works. A 1990 collaboration between multimedia artist Terry Allen and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine, it’s a commentary on the exaltation of greed that characterized the Reagan-Bush era of the 1980s.
Levine’s poem is on a plaque in front of the sculpture, at the entrance to an office building:
I had a head
to get ahead
I had to lose
& I became
go, my son,
I did my best.