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.
Barcelona, Spain 1900-1914
Antonio Gaudi’s elaborate style of design with unique curves, pavilions, columns, staircases, and exuberance of colorful textured surfaces can be seen in his most breathtaking of works, The Park Guell. Antonio Gaudi was commissioned by Eusebi Guell to create a garden city for Barcelona aristocracy. The project failed commercially, Eusebi failed to sell one house, but the property was then acquired by the city in 1918 and turned into a public park. The park is surrounded by a wall of undressed stone. The park has seven entrances and the undulating top of the wall is covered with ceramic fragments, looking like a mosaic. Medallions with the work “Park” or “Guell” punctuate the wall. The wall illustrates to visitors what they will be encountering inside the park. Two houses were built in the park, each with curved roofs which were highlighted with colored tiles like mosaics once again. Pavilions were also designed to look like they came out of the Hansel and Gretel story. The best and most well-known symbol of the park is the dragon fountain at the center of the staircase leading up to the houses. The staircase is dotted with fragmented tiles. At the very top of the park is the serpentine bench. Connecting staircases lead you up towards the serpentine bench where the area was originally meant to become a market place. Sitting on the serpentine bench leaves you with a view of the whole park, buildings, pavilions, and the Mediterranean sea.
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Tichnun Nof. Built from 1988-1992
The Albert Promenade reveals a beautiful view the can come from a 200 meter cliff in the desolate environment.
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Linda Pollack Architect
This 39th floor terrace reveals how when you step outside after rising 39 floors above ground level, you won’t just see hardscape.
Grand Isle Residence
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This 80-acre island reveals how large scale projects such as an island can offer many design opportunities such as this pathway through the trees.
As I parked across the street from LACMA, I saw a group of food trucks and immediately grew hungry. Walking around LACMA I had this empty feeling in my stomach and all I could think about was food as I took snapshots of different objects in and around the museum. The First object was a tree just inside a green bar fence along Wilshire Blvd directly to the right of the main entrance to LACMA. I stood on a bench to get a good up close photo and backed away to get a few other photos. I walked along the path and kept staring at the food trucks until I entered a small dirt path into the Brea Tar Pits. There I found a few more objects to take pictures of but I constantly kept thinking of food. The first of the 2 objects I found was a thick metal donut on a pedestal and the other was a strange wavy blue metal net atop a blue pole. I walked across the fields of the Brea Tar Pits and took pictures at trees. As I walked across the fields of grass, people were sitting on blankets and eating snacks and I grew even hungrier. I hurried into the buildings of LACMA and took pictures of different objects like chairs, bookshelves, and light posts. I asked people passing by to take a picture of me and when I was finally satisfied with the number of pictures I had taken I ran across the street to the food trucks.
My alternate excursion choice was the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a Saturday. I left my house around noon time and there was not much traffic on the way. It took me around half an hour to get there from my house. Parking was difficult to find for a short time but I was able to find a parking right across the street in a meter parking spot. While walking across the street I noticed several food trucks parked across the street serving many different types of food to pedestrians walking about. I made a note in my head to stop by on the way back to my car. I walked around the outside of LACMA and the Brea Tar Pits to see what types of objects I would like to take pictures of. After choosing a few objects I began to take pictures. First I took pictures of a tree right behind a tall gate with high metal green bars just to the right of the main entrance of the building along Wilshire Blvd. I had to stand on a bench to get a good close up of branches and leaves. I walked into the Brea Tar Pits and walked into a sort of courtyard near the buildings of LACMA. There were 2 more objects in this area that I took pictures of. The first being a metal thick object that seems to be on a pedestal, the other was a tall blue and colorful wave net thing that was so interesting to me. Lastly on my way back to the car I took pictures of the big group of white light poles. On my way back to the car I remembered to stop by the food trucks and get a snack before heading on home. The whole trip took me around an hour and a half.