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CICLAVIA was extremely memorable experience for me, but unlike others, it was probably more-so for the wrong reasons. The day began missing the train to get to Union Station and thus being forced to utilize our cars and own gas to reach Los Angles. Shortly after reaching the station and preparing ourselves for our extended bicycle voyage, my back tire decided to divorce the rest of the bike, leaving me with nothing but a unicycle. And so the day began.

 

The great event was about to start and I was left traveling bipedally. In a little bit of a panic, the group that I was with traveled with me to various stores in an effort to find a bike to aid me in my travels. However, due to my unusual height as well as not having a pocket as deep as the Pacific, there was no luck. Eventually I felt bad as CICLAVIA was already on its way, and I sent my group on there way to enjoy the event. I told them that I would eventually find them along the route and hopefully be riding something. And so I began the second part, alone.

 

After some intense and strenuous googling, I found a single bicycle shop roughly ten blocks from my current location and set out to find my ride. I got the honor of experiencing some very interesting parts of Los Angles on my short voyage, but eventually found myself at my goal. Sadly, despite my haggling skills, I walked out $300 poorer and roughly 8 miles from where the CICLAVIA route and the rest of the group was. However, I had a plan.

 

I began to ride to what I deemed as the estimated converging point, and shortly realized that I stood no chance in catching up. So, in desperation, I phoned a friend of mine who attends USC and she was able to save me from the streets and deposit me to the route.  Hours later and I was finally reunited with the thousands on the road and begin my experience of CICLAVIA.

 

CICLAVIA was a wonderful experience that I plan to attend every year if I can. The environment, energy, and pure mass of people made it an exciting and social gathering that lasted most of the day. However, I don’t think that any other CICLAVIA experience will quite match the adventure that I was bestowed upon me on my first time.

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The Mire of Epiphany

One might ask themselves, why this painting is considered art and furthermore, question why this painting is located in a respected gallery in downtown Los Angeles, known as the CP Gallery.  Other spectators marvel with astonishment wondering why the painter, Lisa Adams, would add a 18 inch dimeter dot in the center on a four by five foot canvas.  It would be enlightening to understand from which perspective the painting was created .  Biographical research may give cause for one to assume a self interlaced perspective for the artist.  Removing the designers personal optical special needs, it would seem the painting was an atheistic perspective of a classic religious masterpiece.

 

Researching the insecure handicap, the painter was experiencing her visual prospect. The painting was created to help her display deep seeded emotional pain and suffering onto canvas.  Her motivation was not financial or for popularity.  True art, from the soul of her personal challenge and perspective.  It is easy to speculate and come to altruistic alternatives.  Realistically, she had a hole in her vision and thus when she looked up to god, she saw a black space.  This relieved scene of cataract clouds and vineyards of disease is both tragic as well beautiful.  The artist made a conscious effort to share her pain with the world audience.  Her abstract personal touch and vulnerability flows through the canvas to the viewer.

 

A beautiful piece of true artistic perspective.  Many critics, non-artisans, etc… may criticize.  Many may just simply not understand the true artistic perspective.  In viewing the sheer assertive, self confident approach to vulnerable greatness the painting is breathtaking.  Symbolism in the painting is everywhere.  The vines, the clouds, and the “black hole”.  All symbolic and true to the artist narrative.  A spectacular piece of art that is and will be enjoyed by many true artist for years to come.

Metropolis II

For my Los Angeles experience I chose to return to one of my favorite places in Los Angeles, LACMA. And although I had already been to LACMA many times before, this day I came with a new task. I wasn’t going just to “see” the art that this museum has to offer. I came as a Landscape Architect searching for new concepts, ideas, and perspectives on design. When I first saw Chris Burden’s Metropolis II, I immediately appreciated how much time and work this must have taken. As a student in landscape architecture I know the value of time and how projects can be dragged on for long periods of time. This project looked like it took a very long time until it was ready for show.  I also took notice in how many parts and pieces that were joined to create one big kinetic sculpture. With so many different parts in this project, I started to think on what were some meanings behind roads, cars, trains, and buildings. All the roads could mean how Los Angeles was built on the idea of driving around and being in your car. The way the cars move quickly in some areas could be the free flowing freeways. When the cars get back up and move slowly could be the part of Los Angeles we are all well aware of, traffic. The tall buildings could showcase how cities like Los Angeles have many skyscrapers.  Chris Burden says the noise, continuous flow of the trains and speeding cars produce in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st century city. The concept of using noise or moving parts to emphasize a reason in my designs intrigues me. Maybe when designing a park or form of art like Burden’s I can produce some type with meaning behind it.

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With the passage of time and expanding Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, I get feeling that some day, I shall have no time to visit the remarkable place properly. I have spent a long time in Los Angeles, but most memorable time for me is that I spent in LACMA. My feelings of art start before i enter in the museum, because of myriad of outdoor installations, involving Urban Light and Levitated Mass. Walinf by the La Brea Tar Pits is also very romantic and full of beauty. I have found a full multimedia experience in LACMA, and main source for this task is myriad of outdoor art in indoor spaces. Some of them are wavy gigantic piece, which was a tremendous piece by Richard Serra. I felt great in eye breath taking scenes of the museum by expediting music and video demonstrations at LACMA.

While expressing my experience at LACMA, I would like to mention three most beautiful things, which worth a watch. First one is, Claude Monet’s Collection. Moreover, it is a great artist and I have been his fan since I was in fifth grade, it was the time when was introduced by his work. The room of moment’s art in LACMA, belongs to beauty whether you are his fan or not. Second most mentionable piece of art, which I have seen in LACMA, is Pavilion for Japanese Art. A fabulous beauty it is. With its dim light sand twisted pathways, it makes it difficult to describe the beauty in words. While walking through the twisted paths, it becomes difficult for you to identify, which floor you are and it is perfectly amazing third floor of American’s building contain a huge collection of renowned art of America. On my visit to LACMA, I had seen this art for the first time, and every piece of work took my back to different centuries and decades, describing me the complete history of America in form of arts. One of the artwork called The Kentuckians is worth remembering and reason is not the centralized of the piece but the lightening effect used by the artist. If you have not visited it yet, I will recommend you to visit this heavenly place.

My LA experience did not consist of a guided tour or a  trip to a prestigious museum, instead my LA experience was a hands on project that that brought life to a native garden on the campus of Clover Elementary School. From the minute I heard this project was going to be taking place I was highly interested in attending the event because I wanted to obtain hands on experience that I could learn from. Attending this event brought an experience that I can honestly say I learned something from.

When I left my home en route to Clover Elementary School I was excited to know what exactly I was going to do. As soon as I arrived to the destination I grabbed a shovel and began my learning experience. I must say that that I underestimated the amount of work that was required for such a small area. When I picked up the shovel and began to dig into the ditch I realized that it was a task that would require team effort  to complete successfully. As I was digging and trying to break off the highly compacted soil I was placing images in my mind of how the completed garden would look. After a couple hours of hard digging and shaping the ditch, a truck arrived that contained the native plant material. We all gathered up and around Gabrielle and listened to specific instructions on how and where to place the plant material. I learned very important and interesting facts regarding planting and making the plants thrive successfully. I learned about the depth and circumference  requirements for a plant to be successfully planted in the soil. I also learned that before you plant any plant material in the ground  you have to drain water in the hole at least 1 or 2 times before you insert the plant. This was interesting important facts that will help me in the future. While digging, placing plants and planting I paid close attention to the names of the plant material. I realized how important it is for a landscape architect to be able to have great plant identification skills.

When Gabrielle pulled out the floor plan of the garden, I got very excited because I had never actually followed a plan of anything. All the plans I have seen or worked on had been for a class, or places that I never got to actually see or work on. This made me feel like I was a landscape architect and I was very thrilled to continue working. Along the process of the garden I would hear terms and that I have heard in previous courses. I listened carefully and watched Gabrielle closely because I was thrilled by the idea of taking a simple sheet of paper and converting it to a live garden that would grow and thrive beautifully.

Although I was unable to stay and admire the finished garden, I left the school with a lot in mind. I left with content knowing that I was part of something the community will enjoy and learn from. I was amazed on how team work can achieve marvelous things. The plan was very well organized and all individuals that participated played a role in the development of the garden. Knowing that many children and families will enjoy of this landscape gives me a warm heart feeling. I was very please with attending this event and I am very proud to sat that I was part of the Cal Poly team!

Metropolis II

Going to LACMA museum in Los Angeles  to see the  Metropolis II by Chris Burdon. I had heard about it by a classmate and was interested in going to see it. I took a look at some pictures posted on the internet. Once I knew what I could expect I was beginning to feel more interest in this installation. When I arrived all I could do is stare at this art masterpiece. The anticipation of viewing this was well worth it. It was far more interesting than what I had suspected.

Chris Burdon likes to push himself towards artistic impression. This masterpiece holds about 100,000 cars, circulating continuously. The art structure is 10 feet tall and 28 feet wide. This is the second Metropolis he has built; yet it is ten times bigger. It cost a remarkable amount of money to build it, yet it is already sold.

This is a very important piece of art.  I feel connected with this art piece since I live in the Los Angeles area. This is a portrait of Los Angeles and the vision of the modern city. Cars are going to control us, not us control cars. We are starting to do this with self moving cars. Only those who walk or use a bicycle know Los Angeles. It is somewhat scary how there are no people in this installation. It is like we are always in a rush and all we do is get in a car and go where it is we have to. We move at such a fast pace that this installation reminds me of how we are in the 21st century.

It is quite remarkable how something that looks so fun had a lot of planning time involved. It is also trying to give us a hint a warning if you will; to slow down. I really liked this installation because I went back in time feeling like a child. Without a doubt though one of the most attractive exhibition I could bring a friend to.

 

hillsideOverdrive: LA Constructs the Future 1940-1990 is a special exhibit being held at The Getty Museum from April 9 – July 21.  The first piece to catch my eye was a slide show of the Urban Networks in Los Angeles.  It started with the growth of the community over time, showing where people were settling and the movement out towards San Bernardino and Orange County.  Second, they showed the growth of the freeways by year.  When they overlaid the two together, you could see the movement of the freeways flow with the movement of the people.  This brought me back to our class discussions where we look at the needs of the people and community.  As landscape architects, we need to look at the movement of the people and letting your work flow with them.  It gave me an insight to county-wide planning which can be brought into a smaller scale when planning paths in our landscape.

Another piece I found was a drawing by Carlos Diniz of the Art Center College of Design by Craig Ellwood Associates (shown above).  This drawing caught my eye because of the idea of the line in the landscape.  The building creates a boundary in between the top and the bottom of the landscapes.  The line put above it emphasizes the valley beneath.  In the same way, the mountains above are highlighted by the straight line below it.  This also made me reflect on the idea of adding or subtracting from the landscape.  As you can see, the building is placed on top.  The valley below also stresses this because it looks like the building is sitting above it.  This dip however made me think of what would happen if the building was placed below instead.  If the architects used the idea of digging or taking away, only that little pocket (in the valley) would be seen from this view.  I think that would have been an interesting way to look at the same line.