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.Continue reading Rectangle Art (PPAC #18)
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.
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.Continue reading La Brea Tar Pits (PPAC #16)
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.Continue reading Where’s Morty? PPAC #14
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 :-/.Continue reading Large LEGO buildings (PPAC #12)
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.Continue reading The Giant Bunny Invasion (PPAC #9)
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!
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!
“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.
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!
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.
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Tag: PPAC #3
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