michael heizer is an american contemporary artist started creating large-scale sculptures and land art in the late 1960s.
in 2006, he ran into a giant piece of rock (340 tons) at a stone valley quarry in riverside county california.
the transportation of the boulder to lacma took 11 days and the cost of the whole project reached up to $10 million.
the huge vehicle carrying the boulder passed four counties and 22 cities—trees were cut down, cars were towed and some of the traffic lights were removed to help the transporter move.
hundreds of people were waiting to see the installation arriving and the journey took more attention than the artwork itself.
heizer never gave a public speech about his work but he emphasized the importance of the size and its longevity which is meant to last about 3.500 years.
in 2015, french installation artist vincent lamouroux was commissioned by “please do not enter” to cover a forgotten landmark in los angeles all in white.
for projection la, he sprayed the whole structure with ecologically safe white paint—from the trees surrounding it to the windows, from the signboards to the stairs.
white has been chosen as the main color to create a disappearing, ghostly look.
the purpose was to draw attention to the demolition of the hotel which is soon to be turned into a mixed-use space for retailers, parking lots and restaurants.
“please do not enter” is a well-known retail store and a cultural destination curating events, contemporary art projects and public installations.
their “please do not enter” logo was placed on the white surface, creating a conflicting effect by looking like a “no entry” sign for the ones who don’t know about the team and the idea behind the project.
paul smith’s los angeles store has been one of the landmarks of the city since 10 years.
located on melrose avenue, this pink box is inspired by the works of mexican architect luis barragan.
his architecture focuses on clear forms, live colors, shadow plays and geometric textures.
with its pink, solid and attractive color, the building is a meeting point, famous spot both for tourists and locals to take pictures and a reference point while giving directions.
paramount ranch located on the agoura hills of california seems to be an abandoned village at first sight. but it is not even a real one.
starting from 1923, the area has been a “movie ranch" purchased by paramount pictures for television productions.
the village includes all the necessary features of a regular western town from a saloon to a jail, from a train station to a sheriff's department.
this built site give the filmmakers the freedom to use the buildings and the surroundings as they need.
paramount ranch has been a part of hollywood's golden era and hosted lots of productions from the movies such as caught in the draft and the lake house to the tv series such as the cisco kid and the new ones mentalist, weeds, and hulu’s quickdraw.
the broad museum built just a year ago has one of the most significant collections of postwar and contemporary art from all around the world.
its exoskeleton is like a shell wrapping around the whole body, and its cave-like appearance contrasts with the concrete-made interior structure.
standing right next to frank gehry’s walt disney concert hall, the architects’ purpose wasn’t to compete.
the hall has a shiny, asymmetric and volumed exterior while the broad consists of a smooth and spongy surface allowing light penetrate inside.
it's always bringing change and freshness to the art scene of the cities to have a completely new museum—especially if it has a building like this one.
culver city is one of the latest developing urban areas in los angeles offering events in the fields of art, design, architecture and other cultural contents.
samitaur tower designed by eric owen moss architecture is located at the entrance of this new zone, functioning both as an observation tower and display for regional announcements along with art and graphic presentations.
this unique steel structure has five screens—four of them are facing the brand-new rail line of the neighbourhood and a highly trafficked intersection while the other one at the back is working for the locals.
the concrete theatre space situated underneath the basement is hosting conferences and performances intended for a smaller audience.
samitaur tower is a part of eric moss's wide architectural project which has transformed the site from desolate to vivid, appealing and inviting.
the first store of rick owens in los angeles has minimal lines that still reflects the traditional style of californian architecture—one from many other.
california-born rick owens is a fashion designer, but he has been working on the architecture and interior design of his stores together with the architect anna tumaini.
for the latest store located in la brea, they combined different fields—architecture, fashion and cinema.
the design is a homage to american filmmaker cecil b demille and every detail is arranged as he could have used the space as his set.
the wide, white wall hiding the structure from the main street gets inspiration from movie screens and reflects shiny californian sunlight into the courtyard.
the studio and apartment building (1945-49) of ray and charles eames is located in the midst of a little eucalyptus forest on a hillside in pacific palisades, in the north of los angeles.
the modular plan is based on 17 axes of 2,3 meter width each. five axes for the studio at the entrance of the area, eight axes for the living space and four axes for an loosely framed inner courtyard. the supporting structure is a visible black steel framework.
the two story (5,1 meter) high facades are designed with either glass or non-transparent industrial glass windows or sliding doors combined with colorful wall panels. the latter give the buildings a surprisingly diversified appearance and looks inevitably mondrian inspired.
the eames house is part of the legendary "case study houses" project by john entenza and his famous magazine arts & architecture. entenza acquired two hectare piece of land (back then) in the remote area of pacific palisades. the lush garden area with the old eucalyptus trees surrounding the property kept its magic up to this day. it’s open to the public and an awesome place for a picnic with your beloved or friends to enjoy the day and the great view of the ocean.
this article is a part of our collaboration with acanthus magazine. for more → acanthusmagazine.com/acanthus-x-urbanbacklog-getty-center-by-richard-meier photos & text: alexander stumm