Rectangle Art (PPAC #18)

I regret to have never taken an art history class in my life. I had to do some research and I would describe this style of art as Modern and De Stijl (“The Style” in Dutch). I guess 16 to 21 year old me feared I would have liked it so much I would consider majoring it. Then I would have to deal with my parents asking me “what kind of job would you get with an Art History degree (or any other humanities or fine arts concentration)?” 16 to 21 year me found this conversation agonizing and I avoided it every way I could.

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Rocket or surfboard? (PPAC #17)

This past Monday was my day off from work as my employer observes Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Usually on my day off, I visit my husband at his work and we go out for lunch. I found this interesting piece of artwork on our way to lunch.

Is it a surfboard? It could be because we’re less than 3 miles away from Manhattan Beach. Maybe it’s a surfboard celebrating the surf culture.

Or is it a rocket? It could be. Aerospace is one of main industries in Los Angeles after all; particular in the South Bay LA area there is Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and SpaceX. Then there are few more aerospace companies scattered in the San Fernando area — but that will be for another time.

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La Brea Tar Pits (PPAC #16)

One of my favorite buildings in Los Angeles is the La Brea Tar Pit Museum. We took Lana out to learn about ancient animals that roamed Los Angeles. I wish I took more photos of this building. This building reminds me of those “green roof” buildings because the museum is part of the mound you’ll find at the park. It really makes me wish I took more photos of the whole park. Maybe I have them in my other camera! But in the meantime, here’s an aerial view from Alamy Stock Photos.

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Construction barriers as canvases (PPAC #15)

Reykjavik, Iceland has a lot of stunning public art, but this caught my eye because someone used a construction barrier as their canvas.

Pre-pandemic in LA, it seemed construction was going on all the time: new apartment building, new stores, reviving abandoned buildings, etc. I don’t recall seeing any art on any construction barrier — it would be nice there was. It would have made my work lunch walks more enjoyable than seeing blank eyesores. It’s like a pop-up art display or a temporary exhibit.

gorilla mural

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Where’s Morty? PPAC #14

Found this mural off of Coldwater Canyon Ave and Roscoe Blvd at a Shell Gas Station. Maybe Morty is not far behind chasing his grandfather again.

I’m not sure if the show is available outside the U.S. but just in case, Rock and Morty is adult animated show. It centers around a family of four. Rick is the mom’s father who moves in with them. He’s eccentric and enjoys travelling to different multiverses with his grandson, Morty. The show is satiric and irreverent — something I do enjoy after a long stressful day at work.

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Stray dog (PPAC #13)

The other morning, I got out of my car to go to work and I hear a RIIIP! I looked down and I saw a tear on the inner thigh of my workpants. I’ve had these work pants for many many many years. I was figuring out what I should do. Do I grab a sweater from the trunk and wrap it around my waist to hide the tear all day? I mean it was not a big tear…but then…I knew as the day progressed the tear would only get bigger. Hiding the tear with a sweater won’t do. Or do I call my supervisor and tell her what happened and call out for the day? Or do I call my supervisor to tell her what happened and let her know I was going to be running late so I could buy new pants at Target? By the way, my kid was still with me. I was also suppose to drop her off at daycare at my work but I decided she was going to join me on an adventure to get some new pants.

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Large LEGO buildings (PPAC #12)

I believe this photo was taken in 2015? The Glendale Galleria had this pop-up called the LEGO Americana Road Show where they would go around to different malls to display replica of iconic American buildings.

This qualifies as public art because it was free to get in and it’s at a highly accessible location. I wish I had more photos of these LEGO displays from that day because unfortunately this large scale LEGO model of the Capitol building is all I could find :-/.

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The Great gold gummy bear (PPAC #11)

Another photo of me playing with public art. This was a photo from five years ago, I believe it was at some fancy candy shop.

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Sun Voyager (PPAC #10)

Since I posted photos from Reykjavik for this week’s Lens-Artist photo challenge, I thought to continue the theme this week with public art. But also it happens to be the 10th PPAC! I decided every 5th and 10th PPAC for my blog would be public art outside of Los Angeles County just to break it up.

Anyways, if you leave the Harpa Concert Hall in Reyjavik, you would find this sculpture of what looks like a boat — it’s not a Viking boat! It is however a dream boat representing “a promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.” Viking boats are much larger — though this boat could have been a scale representation.

Sailing to uncharted territories

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The Giant Bunny Invasion (PPAC #9)

A few years ago, there was a pop-up installation of giant inflatable rabbits around downtown LA. The installation titled “Intrude” was created by Tasmanian artist Amanda Parer. Aside from how fun it was to see rabbits in downtown LA, there was a deeper environmental message behind the rabbits. It made think about the plants not native to Southern California and the impact to its natural landscape.

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Labyrinth of Books (PPAC #8)

I hope the Last Bookstore is not the last bookstore. Here’s to many more! When I have friends from out-of-town who come to LA, one of the places I take them to is the Last Bookstore to admire some of the artwork in a section of the store called the Labyrinth! After exploring the Labyrinth we can’t resist leaving this store without buying something — plus supporting a local bookstore. It’s a fun place to visit!

flying books the last bookstore
book tunnel the last bookstore

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Utility box art #1 (PPAC #7)

Just like the angel wings, utility box art is ubiquitous in LA. I never really thought about these things as canvases, but I’m glad someone did. More to come!

Somewhere on Ventura Boulevard — this was years ago.

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