Earlier in the year I happened to be in one of the tall buildings downtown looking out a window. It was late afternoon and evening was coming on. I looked down and casually admired the gold reflections and shadows created by the sun low in the sky. Lovely sunsets in large cities like Los Angeles will even catch the eye of residents. It’s a rare occasion for then to admire the natural beauty of nature.
When I’m downtown I love looking for the ways the natural world intrudes into the concrete and shimmering glass environment. A sunset is just too big and glorious for me to ignore, even downtown among the skyscrapers.
Of course, manmade beauty is another part of the appeal of Los Angeles. I love to encounter the quirky sculptures, murals, and other “public art”. Some might provoke and stimulate while some are like- “Okay, I get it”. Some are pure propaganda, or ethnic, while others just old. They can be abstract, simple, elaborate, or maybe bizarre like- “Huh? I don’t get it”. But all lend to the random creative energy on the streets.
Anyway, back to my reverie over the looming sunset. As I’m looking out the window down to the street below I suddenly realize that I’m seeing three pieces of “public” sculpture.
So here’s the premise to this quiz. You’re with me looking out the window. I know it’s kind of hard to be specific since we see a pretty large area, but what street do we see below and what is the block number? Can you find the three pieces of art? Have ever you seen them up close? How did you feel about them, interested, curious, blah? Do you know the titles of the pieces? Really? Do you know the names of the artists? Really!? Okay, then how about a taking a guess at where the view, from this angle, might be observed.
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By the way, how did you do with the last quiz? I hope you made you way down to Angels Gate Park and had a nice picnic on the expansive lawn surrounding the “Korean Bell of Friendship”.
The bell, a gift presented in October of 1976, from the Republic of Korea, to the American people in honor and celebration of our country’s bicentennial year was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 187) two years later. The bell weighs over seventeen tons, measures 12 feet high, 7½ feet in diameter, 8 inches thick, and is rung on special occasions by a suspended log.
If you never been to the Angels Gate Park, be sure to go. The address is 3601 Gaffey Street, San Pedro. For information about the park, hours of operation, activities, and park regulations visit www.laparks.org If possible, go during the week when there are only a few visitors. The solitude, ocean view, and fresh ocean air will lift your spirits.
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If you’re like me and love to meander around the city, here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Remember, the question isn’t what you see (although that’s the focal part of the quiz), but rather where are we? Here are previous LA Quizzes:
(For the answer to this month’s quiz go to post: Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History, Sept, 2014)