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.

PPAC #17

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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What a week, every week

Hello everyone! Welcome! I’m hosting a virtual trick-or-treat all month long. If you had trick-or-treaters coming to your house, what kind of candy would you give them? To start, I’m giving out a tamarind candy coated in chilli powder. It’s a popular Mexican candy and the taste is a mix of sweet, sour, and spicy.

What a week! I feel like I say this almost every week. My husband has been doing lots of overtime at work this week. I’ve been on overdrive at work pushing out new programs for the hospital.

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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

#PPAC8

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.

#PPAC7

Urban Light (PPAC #6)

“Urban Light” is one my favorite public works ever. I remembered it was installed in 2008 when I was in college. It was fun to go at night with my friends. We would go out for dinner and pass by Urban Lights. We would park at LACMA and we would take photos, goof off, and run around the forest of street lights.

These streetlights once lit the streets of Los Angeles. It’s rare to find these historic streetlights in any city so I’m happy to see that they found new life at the LACMA for other people to enjoy.

Urban light lacma
Urban light lacma

I apologize for the late and slower than usual posts lately. It’s been a long rough week. I’m glad I made it to Friday!

#PPAC6

Looking for peacocks

Today we went to the Arboretum in Arcadia looking for peacocks. Last time we went was winter time when they had their holiday lights up for Moonlight Forest. It’s my first time exploring the place in the daytime and I underestimated how large the place. We definitely did not cover all the park because Lana was ready to rest. We’ll definitely be back to explore the other gardens. I saw some wonderful ideas for groundcover for my front yard.

Peacock hanging out in the shade

It was a nice day. We ended the afternoon with a late lunch at a Chinese restaurant and had some milk tea to cool off.

I’m in the process of planning our kitchen remodel. Even though the remodeling will not happen right away, it’s always best to start off with a plan and vision. Plus, we need to budget on how much it will end up costing. I came across this blog post on how to get started.

Step 1 says to “Write your renovation vision in 3-5 words.” So far I only came up with one word to describe the kitchen and it’s “global” because I like eating food from around the world. I need to come up with 2-4 more words. Right now I am stuck step 1.

Step 2 is already done. Step 2 says to “Write how you want to feel using a few words.” I credit my husband for this and the feeling should be “My favorite place to eat.” I agree…it should be my favorite place to eat because I experiment with all kinds of food.

I’ll move on with the rest of the steps this week. We have some elements we would like to include for our kitchen like a large single basin, tiles for the backsplash, etc. I have a love/hate relationship with remodeling. There is fun in looking at different tiles and colors, but it can be overwhelming with how many choices there are. Plus the cost of remodeling! It makes me glad that my husband and I stuck with a $10,000 budget for our wedding. Yes, I credit that because imagine if that debt carried over the next several years?

#weekendcoffeeshare

Angels in the Wild (PPAC #4)

Los Angeles isn’t nicknamed the City of Angels for nothing. Here you’ll find many murals of angel wings scattered through LA. Getting yourself in front of these angel wings makes up for some fun photos!

Found on Santa Monica Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard.

And there are many more angel wings found throughout LA.

#Pipersofly #PPAC4

Public art in the blogosphere this week:

Levitated Mass

I think for this series I’ll be sticking with mostly public art around Los Angeles. There’s so much public art in LA, it pretty much deserves its own blog. I even thought about having a page with a map of all the public art you can find in LA.

Anyways the art work, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, arrived to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art back in 2012. The megalith weights 340 tons and came all the way from the Pyrite-Hubbs Quarry in Riverside County. The total travel was 105 miles crossing four counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and Los Angeles) and 22 cities. This rock star had to take a few detours since it could do not sharp turns. Because it was so massive, many traffic light poles had to be removed and replaced. What a diva.

Levitated Mass is much larger than the photo posted below. Its height is 21.5 ft and width 21.5 ft. I’m not quite sure what the meaning or significance of Levitated Mass. Heizer has not commented either. Maybe the purpose is to promote play.

levitated mass rock megalith los angeles county museum of art lacma

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Tag: PPAC #3

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Ice cream around the world (and June recap)

Wow, it’s July already!

I had a lot of fun sharing some celebration themed treats in June. I shared my treats celebrating my wedding, the middle of the week (hump day), and when my husband’s first Father’s Day. I even made a cake with layers. I saved some cake scraps from the matcha cake and made some cake truffles. It’s very simple: break the cake scraps into crumbs, mix it with a little bit of leftover frosting, roll it in a ball, and freeze. After it’s set, melt some chocolate and roll the truffles in chocolate. It’s incredibly rich. I should have added toppings like almond or coconut shreds or white chocolate chips for better presentation. Also, I should learn how to temper chocolate for a shinier, smoother finish.

matcha chocolate cake truffle pop

Thank you Liz from One Million Photographs for sharing your dish celebrating the welcoming of summer with a crab dinner from Pike’s Place.

Anyways for the theme Ice Cream — my favorite dessert! I eat it frequently because it’s so darn hot where I live in the summertime I’ve had some ice cream kicks on my blog sharing some of the interesting ice cream flavors we have all around Los Angeles. Here are a few I’ve had:

I look forward to also using my ice cream maker. This month should not be too hot to make ice cream.

What kind of ice cream flavors or textures can we find in your part of the world? Participating in “Eat around the the World” is easy! You can either comment here to submit your entry or pingback to this post. Cooking skills are not required to participate! You can also use the tag, “Eat Around the World.” Deadline to participate is July 31st.

The August theme is already set for Tomatoes. I look forward to playing with that theme in seeking out tomato themed dishes and making some myself. I would love expand my use of tomatoes beyond putting on a salad or a sandwich. September is still TBD so I decided to make a poll (viewable on browser not on the WordPress reader app for some reason).

“Eat around the World is a monthly writing/photography challenge where I invite people to share a dish around a theme, ingredient, or technique. July’s theme is ice cream. All themes are open to interpretation. Cooking skills are not required to participate.