driving around los angeles
The Original Flower Market
754 Wall St (between 7th & 8th) Los Angeles, CA 90014
Public Admission: $2 Weekdays, $1 Saturday
"Historically speaking, The Original Los Angeles Flower Market has a proud heritage and family history that span nearly an entire century. Inspired by the success of local Japanese-American growers who had established the city’s first major flower market in 1912 (the Southern California Flower Market), the organization that would ultimately be known as The Original Los Angeles Flower Market was founded in 1919 as the American Florists’ Exchange by a group of 30 enterprising European-American growers...Currently, The Original Los Angeles Flower Market’s 50 member/vendors offer more than 125 different varieties of cut flowers plus an impressive portfolio of related foliage and floral accessories. Equally significant, in 2011, The Original Los Angeles Flower Market has “gone solar”—transforming its main facility into a modern, solar-powered showcase for the floral offerings grown in over a dozen different countries. Today, The Original Los Angeles Flower Market shines brightly as the “heart” and geographical center, of the world-famous Los Angeles Flower District—the single largest and most successful wholesale floral district in the entire United States"
Mon & Wed 8am - 12pm Tue & Thurs 6am - 11am Fri 8am - 2pm Sat 6am - 2pm Sun Closed
The Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa Street · Los Angeles, CA 90015
"STAPLES Center has clearly established itself as the sports and entertainment center of the world. As the home of four professional sports franchises – the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Spark. The AEG owned and operated arena continues to distinguish itself as the host of several high-profile events of national and international distinction including “Music’s Biggest Night” the GRAMMY Awards twelve of the last thirteen years, the 2004 & 2011 NBA All-Star Game, 2002 NHL All-Star Game, 2000 Democratic National Convention and 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. STAPLES Center’s has also played host to some incredible concerts with performances that have brought international stature to the downtown Los Angeles arena. STAPLES Center hosts over 250 events and over 4 million guests annually with events ranging from professional sports, live music, family shows, boxing and special events. The arena’s reputation for world-class amenities, features and commitment to quality of service and the guest experience is second to none."
Heart of Los Angeles
If you've followed along the last couple weeks, I've been on a journey discovering Antigirl's "Hearts of Los Angeles". They are these beautiful graffiti hearts, randomly located throughout the city. Today I had planned on seeing four of these beautiful hearts, but I was unsuccessful and only got to see one. Three of them had already been governed up and repainted. I won't tell you where they, or which are no longer present, it's a part of the adventure of getting lost.
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA 90026
"In 2006, Echo Park Lake was identified by the State of California as an impaired water body. The lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water. Today Echo Park Lake is a Los Angeles icon that functions primarily as a detention basin in the City’s storm drain system, while providing recreational benefits and wildlife habitat. Echo Park Lake also plays host to community events, such as the Lotus Festival at Echo Park. The City of Los Angeles will rehabilitate Echo Park Lake to remedy its stormwater pollution problem, meet the State’s water quality standards, and give the Echo Park community an improved and more sustainable lake to enjoy. The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works project team is committed to keeping the community updated on the latest information about the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation project. We encourage you to bookmark this page, and tell your neighbors about it! It’s the easiest way to know what’s going on with the City’s plans to improve and beautify the lake..."
"Carl in Silver Lake"
1755 Glendale Blvd, Echo Park
"JR is the prolific street artist behind some of the world's most well-known building portraits...JR brought his "The Wrinkles of the City" project to Los Angeles, pasting striking images of wrinkled, weathered old people living in LA across the city to juxtapose "the image of perfection and regenerated beauty in the 21st century." Carl engages (a little scarily) with passerbys, while most of JR's other subjects across LA look either at each other or off into the city; if you happen to catch him on your way to or from freeway traffic, his look probably mirrors yours. Also, with all due respect to JR, we have to argue that Carl is in fact in Echo Park, not Silver Lake—but we'll concede that the borders are blurry, as always.
Shepard Fairey, "Make Art, Not War"
"Los Angeles is home to numerous works by street artist extraordinaire Shepard Fairey, and even a guilty plea of criminal contempt hasn't hindered his creative spirit... Fairey put his finishing touches on his "Make Art, Not War" mural on the side of Baller Hardware in Silver Lake. The grand contemporary design screams Shepard Fairey, pulling from his existing "Make Art, Not War" poster, created as part of the 2004 "Be the Revolution" campaign, and featuring his signature palette. Lisa Derrick of Cartwheel Art witnessed Fairey finalizing the work this week, noting that the graphic designer/illustrator "is a detailed-oriented perfectionist." We believe it. If you missed Fairey and his cans and brushes in action, which you likely did, check out the photos above and the videos below."
The Chandelier Tree
2811 West Silver Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039
"Adam Tenenbaum a Los Angeles-based airbrush make-up artist, photographer and designer is the creator of the chandelier tree. The Chandelier Tree was born when he decided to hang them on a tree in front of his house. His roommate Brian, a acrobat helped hang the chandeliers. Once he had several chandeliers in the tree he had to light them. After Tenenbaum’s overwhelming positive response from his neighbors, his initial goal was to get 30 chandeliers in the tree."
Elysian Park - Angels Point
"Elysian Park is the name of a municipal park and of an adjacent neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California. Encompassing Chavez Ravine, where Dodger Stadium is located, the neighborhood is mostly a low-income community of 2,600+ people. It is also home to the city's first Catholic high school, an elementary school and the Los Angeles Police Academy."