On Yer Bike

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In addition to all those freeways, Los Angeles also has plenty of bike paths.

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Bike motifs turn up all over the place

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Even the bike racks manage to look like amusing bike sculptures.

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A Great Big Freeway

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Yes, you have to agree with Hal David and Burt Bacharach – LA is indeed a great big freeway. The freeways have almost achieved the status of local icons.  But of course there is much more to LA than that, as we’ve shown in our recent blog entries.

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Heavenly Spheres

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We also found some interesting spheres in the Veronese exhibition at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) during our recent visit. The bronze instrument above is a 16th-17th century Italian celestial globe, supported by a sculpture of a man.

Nearby there are four paintings by Veronese, showing different navigational devices. On the right below, you can see “Allegory of Navigation with an Armillary Sphere” (1557).

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Round and Round

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We also liked this huge polyester resin lens, which is in the “50 for 50” exhibition at LACMA. It is by DeWain Valentine and is titled Red Concave Circle. The view through the lens seems to have higher contrast than normal – sort of like an optical Photoshop.

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Other circular artworks that we noticed in LACMA included the Giant Pool Balls by Claes Oldenburg above, and the carved spiral detail on  a 19th century New Zealand canoe below.

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Going 50:50

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We never miss a chance to visit LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) when we are in LA. So we called in to see the “50 for 50” exhibition during our recent visit. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the art museum and features 50 highly varied artworks, including Melencolia I by Albrecht Durer which is one of the clues in Dan Brown’s novel “The Lost Symbol”.

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We also liked the sculpture “Portrait of a Gentleman” by Bernini.

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And these remarkably artistic Californian travel posters.

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Throw in the Tao

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During our visit to Chinatown in Los Angeles, we also stopped off to look at this striking Taoist temple. The building was constructed about 10 years ago, but looks very traditional.

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The interior is very ornate, and the front of the building has many bas reliefs depicting animals and flowers.

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