During our recent visit to Los Angeles, we ran into a few black cats. These two are both at the Felix Chevrolet car dealership.
And this Felix lookalike is at The Black Cat restaurant/bar in Silverlake.
This 1968 Chev Impala lowrider especially caught our attention at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA.
It is called “El Muertorider” (the Deathrider) and was inspired by both the Mexican Day of the Dead and western art. The painting on the roof (below) references Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”.
We also enjoyed the display of classic lowriders at the Petersen Automotive Museum, titled “The high art of riding low“. The 1963 Chev Impala above is completely covered in striking paintwork, etched surfaces and chrome – even on hidden parts of the running gear.
The low rider below is titled “Gypsy Rose Pinata” and is actually a very large Mexican pinata.
We were in Los Angeles recently and paid a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum – billed as “the world’s greatest auto museum”. The impressive collection of car displays includes vehicles from Hollywood movies, including the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle from “Herbie:Fully Loaded” and the 1981 Delorean DMC-12 used in “Back to the Future”.
We also liked this Yamaha motorbike with seating for photographers, which was used to shoot car chase scenes.
We saw this elegant set of stairs during our recent visit to Los Angeles. It’s the Bunker Hill Steps in Downtown LA, facing the Central Library. The 103 steps were desiged by the architect Lawrence Halprin and completed in 1990. A sign at the top of the steps claims that they “were modeled in theory on the Spanish Steps in Rome but more pleasingly asymmetrical in execution”.
Last month we visited the Los Angeles Central Library, an impressive building with a colourful pyramid on the top floor. It looks rather grim when viewed from the Spanish Steps across the street (above), but quite cheerful in the window reflections of nearby buildings – almost like a poor man’s fisheye lens.