I’ve been short on time, so for today I’m stretching the concept of “Trash Tuesday” to include tag/garage/parking lot/thrift store and rummage sales.
Art Center College of Design occasionally has a student parking lot sale where the kids can unload some of their accumulated creativity to make room for the next semester. These HAND(some) beauties may have ended up in anyone of the above venues (including the Art Center Dumpster) if it weren’t for the discerning eye of Mr V. Eight of them in total for a quarter apiece. They’re one of a kind castings that the seller took off his own hands. He said that he used them in a piece about the crucifixion; this might explain the recurring hole in each hand. Art Center kids don’t have time to shop around or maybe never had to and they tend towards the finest of materials. Does taking advantage of this make us bottom feeders or smart cookies?
This small 700 acre parcel of land is what remains of the Ballona Wetlands and the last remaining wetlands in the city of Los Angeles. Back in the 1930′s Ballona Creek was placed in a concrete channel. This disruption threw things out of balance greatly reducing the size of the wetlands. The newly open space gave way to farmland which in turn gave way to Howard Hughs and the aviation industry. Westchester was born. Developers and environmentalist have fought tooth and nail over the remaining open space. Notice the McMansions? Notice Mr Spielberg?
L E A V E T H E L A N D A L O N E artist Bruce Nauman (me too)
The Ballona Wetlands are part of the Pacific Flyway. A major north-south route of travel for migratory birds in the Americas, extending from Alaska to Patagonia.