Decorative Paving (PPAC #64)

More art from the Getty Villa in Malibu. Admissions are free and you will find art in every part of the building — even on the ground.

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Let’s paint the neighborhood (PPAC #63)

I took a photo of this utlity box art when I was sitting traffic. I left work a little later because I had to add air to tires. I left late and it took me a longer time to get to daycare to pick up my kid. Thankfully, I arrive before it closed so I don’t have to worry about a late fee.

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Choose what helps you bloom (PPAC #62)

Another piece of art on a utility box.

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A light show on the beach (PPAC #61)

I found a really, really old cellphone photo. In fact, this photo was taken from a flip phone back in 2008. I was in college and I could not afford an iPhone. I recalled going with my friends and our new neighbors who were in a summer program sponsored by the university. We went out to a free night light show in Santa Monica Beach called Glow. Unfortunately, it only ran for three summers. The first show being in 2008, the second being 2010, and the last one being 2013. I remembered at the time thinking I took a photo of the coolest thing I’ve seen — and it’s on my cellphone! The phone before that had no built-in camera so I believed the phone I had at the time was such an upgrade :-P.

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Let’s escargot around town (PPAC #60)

We’re going to Le Mans, France — home of the famous racetrack, Circuit de la Sarthe, which hosts the 24-hour auto race in every summer. It’s funny to find a sculpture of a giant snail in the center of town rather than say…racecars? In doing some digging, I learned this snail sculpture came from a group of artists called the Cracking Art Group. They create these large scaled animal sculptures made from brightly colored recyclable plastic. In the Cracking Art Group gallery, you’ll find they’ve made sculptures of birds, rabbits, wolves, cats, meerkats, etc. It’s all really cool!

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Venice Vibes (PPAC #58)

This mural I found in Venice Beach neighborhood captures the essence really well — it’s only missing the crowds on the mural. The Venice beach culture is the quintessential Southern California beach culture where you’ll find all the sterotypes of LA in one place; you have skateboarders, rollerbladers, entertainers, beach bums (err…bohemians?), influencers, film industry people (and those who are trying to make it), etc. You may have seen Venice Beach featured on Baywatch and I Love You Man and soon you’ll see it featured in the upcoming Barbie movie.

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What do you like most about your community? (PPAC #57)

A couple of weeks ago I took my kid to the clinic to get her first COVID vaccine. In the lobby area there was a wall art full of colorful leaves. Naturally, Lana ran up to the art. She probably thought it was interactive where she could remove the leaves from the wall. If you look closer at some of the leaves, you’ll find short entries written by the children from the local Boys and Girls club sharing what they like most about their community.

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Holding the Heavens (PPAC #55)

For the 55th PPAC, we are going to find some public art abroad. I love finding an excuse to set aside time to look through old travel photos. This was from a trip to New York City 10 years ago where I went with my college friend and we met with other friends who were living in NYC at the time.

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Little helixes (PPAC #54)

This is an interesting Target. Every Target I’ve seen are big off-white boxes in a sea of parking lots. This City Target in Westwood is unique because it has this interesting helical pattern. I recalled many years ago when this neighborhood did not have a Target–I don’t recall what was formerly there, but I suspect the patterned art came first.

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Greeted with confetti (PPAC #53)

A few months back we had to take Lana to her pediatric appointment to update her immunization since she was she was about to start a new daycare and she was only a few days away from hitting her 18-month-old birthday. I only had less than a week to get it taken care of before I start my new job. (Side note: I wish I took a longer break to get into “vacation mode.” That week was all rush and errands.) The clinic we usually go to for her appointments were booked for the month so I had to broaden my search and look for another clinic.

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Ceiling art at the Getty Villa (PPAC #52)

This is a re-visit from my trip to the Getty Villa, a small museum in Pacific Palisades. Would you believe if I told you admissions to the Getty Villa are free? Plus it’s right on the coast — but watch out — the driveway is very steep.

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