Shot of the westerly side of the Petersen Automotive Museum after its recent renovation; the building is certainly unique, but this view demonstrates an even more memorable scene…
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A skyward view from within Jesús Rafael Soto’s sculpture, Penetrable, on permanent exhibition at LACMA. While it can be fun to play in the spaghetti, it also gives many opportunities to look at the work in and through a different perspective…
In the days following the atrocity in Paris this year, the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum, located on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, lit up their stylized exterior in the French tricolor of Blue, White and Red.
Photograph of an ancient coin held in the Getty Center in Los Angeles. It is a Greek coin, made of silver, bearing the face of Alexander the Great, minted at roughly 300 BC.
The Kazanjian Red Diamond, shown above, is one of the three known red diamonds weighing more than 5 carats. A 5.05-carat Emerald-cut red diamond, formerly known simply as “The Red Diamond”. This is the third largest known Red diamond. It was cut from a 35-carat (7.0 g) piece of boart discovered near Lichtenburg, South Africa. A diamond broker paid a modest eight pounds per carat for it. It was later sent to Amsterdam to be cut and polished by the Goudiv brothers. They called in the firm’s master cutter, who studied the diamond for seven months. After cautious cleaving and polishing, the gem emerged a 5.05-carat emerald cut. In candlelight, the Kazanjian Red Diamond appears as vivid as a drop of blood splashed on a white diamond.
While the gem had been sent twice to Tiffany & Company in New York, by 1944, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, it was discovered in Arnhem and swiftly sent to Germany, where it was hidden among other confiscated gems. After the war, the diamond merchant Louis Asscher was assigned a cache of gemstones found hidden in a salt mine near Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s retreat in Bavaria. The listing found with the stones stated diamonds “and one ruby.” Asscher immediately recognized it as The Red Diamond. It was eventually sold to Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and then to the Royal Asscher Diamond Company, which sold it to a private collector in 1970. After that, its whereabouts were unknown until 2007, when it landed on the table of Douglas Kazanjian, who with much research and study, was able to link together its historical peregrinations.
Red is the rarest color in diamonds — less than 20 are known to exist in the world today.
This photograph was taken while it was on display at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California.
In remembrance of the great man, Nelson Mandela, a selection of African art- showing the fragility of life…
This photograph is of the LACMA installation Congo: Shadow of the Shadow (2005) by the Luba artist Aimé Mpane has been borrowed from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. A male figure formed from 4,652 matchsticks expresses the paradoxes of human fragility and strength as light plays against shadow, substance against ethereality. Shadow of a Shadow offers a gripping commentary about how power was co-opted and re-configured by King Leopold’s possession (1885–1908) and then Belgian colonial rule of the Congo (1908–1960). The resilience and courage of Congolese people are expressed by Mpane’s installation, and the brilliance of contemporary Congolese artists offers an important lens into present perspectives on the past.
In celebration of Memorial Day, I thought a view from the bridge of one of America’s greatest military vessels was in order- the USS Iowa, currently moored in San Pedro, California as a museum, was the first vessel of her class commissioned. The view from where the captain would often have stood in combat is quite impressive, as well as humbling- especially to those who have served.
If you do visit Los Angeles and want to tour the grand old gal, you can find out more here: http://www.pacificbattleship.com/
And for a brief history, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.
During World War II, she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic to Mers El Kébir, Algeria, en route to a crucial 1943 meeting in Tehran with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. She has a bathtub — an amenity installed for Roosevelt, along with an elevator to shuttle him between decks. When transferred to the Pacific Fleet in 1944, Iowa shelled beachheads at Kwajalein and Eniwetok in advance of Allied amphibious landings and screened aircraft carriers operating in the Marshall Islands. She also served as the Third Fleet flagship, flying Adm. William F. Halsey’s flag at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. During the Korean War, Iowa was involved in raids on the North Korean coast, after which she was decommissioned into the United States Navy reserve fleets, better known as the “mothball fleet.” She was reactivated in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan and operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to counter the recently expanded Soviet Navy. In April 1989, an explosion of undetermined origin wrecked her No. 2 gun turret, killing 47 sailors.
Iowa was decommissioned for the last time in 1990, and was initially stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in 1995. She was reinstated from 1999 to 2006 to comply with federal laws that required retention and maintenance of two Iowa-class battleships. In 2011 Iowa was donated to the Los Angeles-based non-profit Pacific Battleship Center and was permanently moved to Berth 87 at the Port of Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, where she was opened to the public to serve as a museum and memorial to battleships.