On my way to an art/music festival at Grand Park I came across this couple having their wedding photos taken in Union Station. A few of us watched, but many other people simply walked by, each involved with his/her own life.
I love the fact that the bride is wearing an elegant beige gown. Before Queen Victoria got married in a white gown brides did not wear white. I wish more brides would give up that 200 hundred year old custom and start wearing colors again. Another argument against white bridal gowns: in some parts of the world white is the color of mourning.
City officials and Metro were expecting a larger crowd at the Women’s March this year and it may have been true. Unlike New York, Boston or Chicago, the weather was beautiful in Los Angeles: temperature in the low 60sF and clear skies and no circling helicopters which there had been last year.
Perhaps it is too early in December, but there were almost no Christmas decorations, no jolly Santa Claus, and no carolers in Pershing Square — unlike other years. There weren’t even a lot of children skating on the ice rink. It really did not feel very festive.
There was an “angel wings” backdrop for people to use for photos, however. And interesting signs announcing that Ice Curling lessons are coming soon and so is Broom Hockey. To learn more about this, go here.
Now for some musical trivia. Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell once wrote a song about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. Well, that parking lot, formerly the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic until the building was demolished decades ago, is now becoming a high rise tower across from Pershing Square.
This year a group called Lore Productions “curated” some of the large altars for Grand Park. Their altars were large and professional in appearance, like the one at the top of this post.
This year I didn’t see an altar by artist Ofelia Esperanza, the most famous altar creator in L.A. but the community altar this year was built by Self-Help Graphics, one of the old art studios for Chicano artists.
There was also something entirely new: the floating altars with La Calavera Catrina, the Queen on the Dead. With a little research I discovered that La Calavera Catrina was a figure developed in the early 20th Century that has become very popular for Day of the Dead during the last century.
Today was the last day for the altars in Grand Park. Here are some photos.
Brookfield Properties sponsors art installations around their investment properties across the U.S. Nice of them! And, in this case, fun, too! They’ve sponsored Nathan Sawaya’s ‘Park People’–figurative sculptures made from Lego® blocks–in the courtyard outside of the Wells Fargo building on Grand near 4th.
On my way to the Central Library to see the new murals I found five figures: four in the main Wells Fargo courtyard and another, the blue man, tucked away behind Nevelson’s black ‘Night Sails” sculpture.
Neither my photos or words can convey the experience of seeing the new murals in the second floor rotunda at the Central Library. When I was at the library on Saturday, the day before the “official” opening of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, there were already crowds of people, armed with cameras, viewing these works of art.
Higher up are the pastel murals about California history completed back in the early 20th century. These new murals are clearly works of the 21st Century. And are clearly the works of Mexican-Americans in L.A. Both members of the Tlacolulokos collective were born in Oaxaca. Two women standing beside me commented that they hoped the murals would be permanently on display. I hope so too.
Below are more photos of parts of the mural. There is also a video being shown in the rotunda. If you are anywhere near downtown, be sure to take a few minutes to see the entire set of murals in place. In fact, you should probably make a special trip to see them.
And a few words for Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions – how can you possibly say that immigrants, especially Latino immigrants, do not contribute to our society!
So far I have seen these other parts of the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time LA/LA:
Old actors don’t always fade away into oblivion. Some get repainted or moved to a new home.
For over 30 years, the Victor Clothing company mural of actor Anthony Quinn portraying Zorba the Greek has faded in the harsh sunlight and peeled away from the wall across from the back entrance of the Bradbury Building.
But now the Quinn/Zorba mural has been repainted and it is a glorious addition to the public art in downtown Los Angeles.
Another movie star has disappeared from this area and reappeared, too. The statue of Charlie Chaplin formerly inside the Bradbury Building has been relocated to the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
Here are the before and after pictures of the mural.