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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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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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.

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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!

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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

Public Art around the blogosphere this week: