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Arts, Public Spectacle An Interview With Designer Nikki Sylianteng, Potential Savior of L.A.'s Parking Signs

An Interview With Designer Nikki Sylianteng, Potential Savior of L.A.'s Parking Signs

One of the most frustrating aspects of life in L.A. has to be untangling the increasingly indecipherable parking signs all over the city. With the signs reaching ludicrous heights (quite literally), the city is starting to tackle the problem. As a first step, the City Council’s Transportation Committee, led by...…
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News, The Informer Daveed Kapoor: An Advocate for Pedestrians

Daveed Kapoor: An Advocate for Pedestrians

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. For Angelenos who see local government as a plodding, bureaucratic monolith, the idea of asking for help to make modest improvements to their neighborhoods can seem futile. And then there's the...…
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Arts, Art Bettina Hubby Turns Her Breast Cancer Recovery Into an Art Project

Bettina Hubby Turns Her Breast Cancer Recovery Into an Art Project

Artist Bettina Hubby has a tendency to turn any event into a party. An extended construction annoyance on her block became a one-night art party, complete with a disco ball suspended from a bulldozer arm. A series of programs inspired by the construction of the Expo line, which will deposit...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle If You've Ever Wanted to Take an Art Road Trip Through the Desert, Do It This Week

If You've Ever Wanted to Take an Art Road Trip Through the Desert, Do It This Week

The Little Prince author Antoine De Saint-Exupery once wrote, "What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well." This past weekend, it also hid a secret restaurant, a crochet camp site and glowing googly eyes. High Desert Test Sites drew art lovers out to the desert for...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle L.A. Art History Lessons on Twitter, in Emoji Form

L.A. Art History Lessons on Twitter, in Emoji Form

A somewhat conservative institution like the Getty Museum isn't alway known for its sense of humor. And Richard Meier's modernist castle on the hill can be intimidating. So it comes as a pleasant surprise to see the Getty jumping on one of the more amusing Internet memes to pop up...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Is Prefab Housing Making a Comeback? Walt Disney's Great-Nephew Brings SoCal's First 'Blu Home' to Joshua Tree

Is Prefab Housing Making a Comeback? Walt Disney's Great-Nephew Brings SoCal's First 'Blu Home' to Joshua Tree

Could prefab be making a comeback? Prefab, or prefabricated buildings, are typically manufactured in component parts, typically in a factory, then shipped and installed on-site. Pre-housing bust several developers specializing in prefab lauched in SoCal, including Marmol Radziner and LivingHomes, delivering mass-produced modern homes. These homes, while having a high...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Xavier Veilhan Has Been Living in a Historic Neutra House and Putting Sculptures All Over the Place

Xavier Veilhan Has Been Living in a Historic Neutra House and Putting Sculptures All Over the Place

In some circles in L.A., mid-century architecture is sacred -- never to be modified, altered, or renovated. Richard Neutra's VDL Research House II, overlooking the reservoir in Silver Lake and built by the architect for his own family, is considered iconic here. Now owned by Cal Poly Pomona, the 2,000...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle New Project Hopes to Turn Building Facades Into Virtual Murals You Can See on Your iPhone

New Project Hopes to Turn Building Facades Into Virtual Murals You Can See on Your iPhone

Los Angeles isn't known as a city with great public spaces. It's a city that traditionally has been beholden to private interests, back-room development deals and, of course, the car. Not coincidentally, it's also a city that has been hostile to street art, until it recently began conflating murals with...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Who Put Random Pianos All Over L.A.?

Who Put Random Pianos All Over L.A.?

On a sunny but breezy Saturday, 10-year-old Diego Grijalva of Gabriella Charter School in Echo Park found himself at 5900 Wilshire Blvd., seated at a piano designed by local artist Evan Skrederstu. Diego, who has played on his school's piano, was intrigued by the street piano and was playing a...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Can Paul Conrad's Mushroom Cloud Sculpture in Santa Monica Be Saved?

Can Paul Conrad's Mushroom Cloud Sculpture in Santa Monica Be Saved?

A controversy has been bubbling over Paul Conrad's anti-nuclear war sculpture in Santa Monica, Chain Reaction, and the latest fallout may spell the end of the 26-foot tall mushroom cloud near the city's Civic Center. With the deterioration of the steel, fiberglass and copper sculpture, mostly due to the sea...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle What Happens When Public Art Falls Apart?

What Happens When Public Art Falls Apart?

It's been over 20 years since artist Tony DeLap built one of the first public artworks in Santa Monica. The Big Wave, an arching sculpture greeting visitors to the city's gateway on Wilshire Boulevard, had suffered greatly in its first two decades from rust and deterioration. Last year, restoration work...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Art Platform, Pulse and Other Art Fairs Arrive This Weekend, But Can They Piggyback On Pacific Standard Time Successfully?

Art Platform, Pulse and Other Art Fairs Arrive This Weekend, But Can They Piggyback On Pacific Standard Time Successfully?

By now, you'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-funded arts extravaganza that kicks off this weekend. The year-long, $10 million initiative involves more than 60 cultural institutions and 70 commercials galleries focuses on postwar art in Los Angeles. The...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Five Most Beautiful Parking Garages (Yes, Parking Garages) in Los Angeles

Five Most Beautiful Parking Garages (Yes, Parking Garages) in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city in thrall to automobiles (though there is evidence that's beginning to change) so it's not surprising some of our best design comes in the form of parking garages. What's especially intriguing about some of these structures is their public art that appeals not only to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle West Hollywood, California's Most Walkable City: Behind Numbers From Walk Score

West Hollywood, California's Most Walkable City: Behind Numbers From Walk Score

Nobody walks in L.A....or do they? Last month, Seattle-based company Walk Score released its walkability rankings and found West Hollywood to be the most walkable city in California and number four nationally, ahead of even New York City. Santa Monica and Culver City didn't fare too poorly either, coming in...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle High Tower Court: What it's Like to Live in the Famous Hollywood Landmark from <em>The Long Goodbye</em>

High Tower Court: What it's Like to Live in the Famous Hollywood Landmark from The Long Goodbye

Few buildings in L.A. have as much enduring appeal as High Tower Court, a small building complex that sits like a citadel atop a steep hillside near the Hollywood Bowl. The storied property, built by architect Carl Kay over nearly two decades from the mid 1930's to the mid 1950's,...…
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