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The Getty Center

Where is it?

1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049

What is it?

"The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors' parking garage at the bottom of the hill by a three-car, cable-pulled hover train funicular. The Center branch of the Museum features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs. In addition, the Museum’s collection at the Center includes outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens and the large Central Garden designed by Robert Irwin. Among the artworks on display is the Vincent Van Gogh painting Irises."

How much is it?

Admission: FREE

Parking: $15

When is it open?

 Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

Architecture Tours: 45-minute tours of the Getty Center site and architecture Tuesdays–Sundays at 10:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Garden Tours: 45-minute tours of the grounds and Central Garden Tuesdays–Sundays at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Collection Highlights Tours: One-hour overviews of major works in the Museum Tuesdays–Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m

Is it worth it to go?

The Getty Foundation is one of the worlds biggest and wealthiest art foundations found worldwide. This place is amazing, it's a great place to expose kids to art and culture, or having an awesome day enjoying art. If you are in the area, I highly recommend visiting the Getty Center. This place is absolutely magical and priceless in ever sense of the world. 

Questions?

www.getty.edu

(310) 440-7300


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"Cradle" by Ball-Nogues Studio

Where is it?

Alongside the parking structure for Santa Monica Place 

What is it?

“LA-based collaborative design and fabrication studio ball nogues just finished their 
most recent public art proposal. The project consists of a sculpture situated on the 
exterior wall of an existing parking structure at Santa Monica place – originally designed 
by frank gehry – near the beach and third street promenade. the site is heavily trafficked 
by tourists on foot and in automobiles. named ‘cradle’, the permanent artwork was installed on 
tuesday, july 27, 2010. it measures 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high. the piece is an aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres and operates structurally 
like an enormous newton’s cradle (the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives).
each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination 
of gravity and neighboring balls.”

How much is it?

FREE; public art work

When is it Open?

24/7/365

Is it worth it to go?

It's a nice place to go and visit. If you are into photography, and enjoy taking pictures of art, then this is a fun place for you to stop by. I wouldn't particularly make a specific stop just for this art work, I'd probably recommend it to be an additional stop if you are already in the Downtown Santa Monica Area.  

How was it made? 

Cradle Installation in Santa Monica


Tongva Park

Where is it?

Colorado Ave. & Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

What is it?

"The area's newest green space is open and it's a stunner. Santa Monica's $42.3 million Tongva Park, fronting Ocean Avenue and abutting City Hall, is currently in soft-open mode, with an official opening on October 19. It's hard to believe that this 6.2-acre space was basically a parking lot last year--James Corner Field Operations, the people behind New York's High Line, built observation decks (some 18 feet off the ground), winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns, picnic tables, and lots of play areas for kids. Corner's hand is evident, not only from the warm wood touches on the benches to the tasteful plantings and, most importantly, the ideal use of space. One of the nicest aspects are the seven pedestrian entrances, making it feel like a real urban park rather than many LA green spaces that are surrounded by parking and garage entrances. Tongva made fans out of the early crowds assembling at the space (the only gripe was the unwelcoming signs that list the 101 things prohibited in the park). Representatives from the city's engineering department are discussing widening the sidewalks facing the ocean, as well as those on Colorado, a street getting rejiggered along with the opening of the Expo Line light rail."

How much is it?

FREE; City Park

When is it open?

Monday - Friday 6:00am-11:00pm

Is it worth going?

The park is a very beautiful work of living art. The park has a great flow and tranquilizing flow to it, with a variety of art displays and water features located at different points. This is a great park to bring the kids, snap a few pics, or even enjoy a relaxing picnic along it’s grassy meadows or abundant seating areas.

Questions?

310-458-8310

www.tongvapark.squarespace.co

Want more behind the park?

Curbed LA


Ken Genser Square

Where is it?

1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (directly in front of Santa Monica City Hall & across the street from Tongav Park)

What is it?

The arroyo theme continues through the 1-acre Ken Genser Square, which is located in front of the landmark City Hall and is named in honor of a long-serving Council member and Mayor of Santa Monica. Though much smaller and more formal than its neighbor, the new plaza is more than just a space to pass through when going to City Hall for permits and business licenses; seating areas and a water feature make it a great place to sit and have lunch or to enjoy the sunshine. Although the parks have only been open for a few months, they have already enriched the community significantly and become a magnet for visitors from outside the neighborhood who come to enjoy the quiet spaces, walking trails, and inclusive play areas. If Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square are any indication, the Civic Center Plan is sure to be a success.

How much is it?

FREE; City Park

When is it open?

Open Daily, 6am-2pm

Is it worth going?

This location features a beautiful Lilly pond water feature that is very nice. It’s definitely worth paying a visit if you are visiting the Santa Monica Pier, Tongva Park, or the Santa Monica Promenade for it is just walking distance.

Questions?

www.tongvapark.squarespace.com



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