1930. Roger Noble Burnham. Marble and bronze statue, 36' x 16' x 16. De Longpre Park, 1350 North Cherokee Street, Hollywood, California. Plaque reads: Erected in memory of Rudolph Valentino, 1895-1926. Presented by his friends and admirers from every walk of life in all parts of the world in appreciation of the happiness brought to them by his cinema portrayals.
|The Villa Valentino, with Aspiration overlooking the pool. Bottom right, Bill, Tom Lyle and Evelyn Williams.|
Aspiration at the Villa Valentino, Tom Lyle's home in the Hollywood Hills. I believe Tom Lyle, was a major contributor, paying for the statue to be set in De Longpre Park, in 1930. He bought the Villa, placed a copy of Aspiration in a fountain and called his home, The Villa Valentino. Aspiration is still in our family and we love his inspiration to aspire up and never look down.