I’ll start with my usual question: How did you do on the last LA Quiz? Did you find the neon sculpture of the lady diving over the top of a building? Was it a motel somewhere along to route 66? If you didn’t find it, that’s okay. The diving lady happens to be signage on the building that is now the new location for the Museum of Neon Art (at 216 S. Brand Blvd, Glendale). I clicked the photo from across Brand Blvd. I stood in front of the Americana on Brand complex. The museum, formerly located downtown, closed in 2011 and just recently reopened in this new building.
When I first saw the diving lady facing Brand Blvd, it brought back fond memories of the 50’s. I remembered that during that era every lady around a pool wore a one-piece swimsuit and molded rubber swim cap. The swimsuit was quite stylish at that time (the two piece was scandalous), and the cap prevented the lady’s hairdo from being soaked and ruined.
Motels eager to attract weary travelers offered the most modern amenities such as air-conditioning, TV- especially color TV, and most of all, a pool. The pool often fronted the road for the traveling family to see. Some creative owners even built neon sculptures of a diving lady, much like the one soaring over MONA to catch the traveler’s eye.
If you haven’t been to the MONA go take a look. It’s an art museum that specializes in a very specific medium- electricity and neon gas, creating lights of many colors and shapes. You’ll find the works fascinating. They often feature a variety of neon art pieces, and they also display old signs from businesses that used neon to attract customers. In fact, the business signs often became colorful landmarks. But, over the years these neon signs quietly disappeared from the LA landscape. I’m glad some of the old signs survived. I’m also glad someone saved the image of the neon sculpture of the diving lady. As a historical image at MONA it represents a piece of American history as well as a renewed interest in an art form that blends colorful lights, imagination, and kinetics.
Any way, give yourself a treat. Go visit MONA. See the Map below for their location (216 S Brand Blvd, Glendale). Click here for information about their calendar of events, hours, etc: www.neonmona.org. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Okay. Are you ready for the next LA Quizzes? Then take a look at the photo below. Recognize it? You do? Then go ahead and pose your sweetie in front of the wings and click away. Of course you’ll want to post them on your favorite social media venue. I’m sure she’ll love you for it. If you’re not sure where it’s at, it’s time for you to get out and go exploring LA. You just might run across the mural. So, once again, If we’re looking at this lovely set of wings, where in LA are we? Go look around.
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Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with the many popular and famous places I’ve featured in these posts. Well, here’s a chance for you to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at my earlier posts and see if you can identify either what or where is the featured item in each post. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next post in sequence. Then gather up the family and go visit these interesting places. Enjoy LA and have fun. (By the way, if you’re really in a hurry, and just have to have the answer to my latest quiz regarding the lovely quotation and angel wings (above) go to my About page).
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
Petersen Automotive Museum Says Look at Me! (Nov. 2015)
Pasadena City Hall: The Pride of Pasadena (Dec. 2015)
Claudio Ethos- Street Art in Los Angeles (Dec 31, 2015)
Welcome to Chinatown, Los Angeles (Feb. 2016)
The Eagle Rock Looms (April 2016)
Palisades Park- Santa Monica (May 2016)
El Parque de Mexico: A Nod to LA’s Heritage (June 2016)
The Broad- In the Heart of Downtown LA (Oct 2016)
Two Rodeo Drive- With a Stairway to Luxury (June 2017)
Chain Reaction (July, 2017)