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.
Despite what you might expect, the displays in the Natural History Museum in LA aren’t all about flora and fauna. The “Becoming Los Angeles” permanent exhibition covers 500 years of SoCal history, from Spanish missions to the present.
We liked the rather makeshift looking workbench above. It was made in 1923 by Walt Disney, from old packing crates and a camera. It was used as an animation stand for making Mickey Mouse cartoon movies. There is even a note written by Walt, reminding the animators what to do.
The older display rooms at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History have dioramas of African and American animals. Taxidermy is rather out of fashion these days, so the dioramas are a bit of a blast from the past. However the animals look so arrestingly lifelike that even kids, who generally expect something more dramatic than a stuffed animal, stand mesmerised by them.
On entering the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the first thing you see is this dramatic pair of dinosaurs – Tyrannosaurus Rex on the left, battling it out with Triceratops on the right. They are replicas of fossils in museum’s collection. Between the museum and the nearby Expo/Vermont Metro station, you can see what these monsters looked like in the flesh.
During our visit to LA last month, we went to see the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, which is adjacent to the California Science Center. The main entrance is grand and impressive in a modern way, while the old unused entrance (below) is even grander and more impressive in an old fashioned way.
Last month we featured several Pow!Wow! Long Beach murals on our blog but that was just a small sample. Here are some more; all of them were work in progress at the time we saw them. That’s Pantonio painting manta rays on the aquarium above. And Dragon76 below.