Monday, August 23, 2010

L.A. Coincidental, Part 2

Here are a few more photos I couldn't find when I posted about Los Angeles a few days ago. I'm in western Colorado for the night on the long drive back.

Yellow Cadillac with a yellow and red rooster atop it
One of the birds of Santa Monica.

Movie marquee reading VAMPIRES SUCK SALT
Does anyone from the theater read these movie marquees?

Black mushroom-shaped cloud sculpture
This sculpture, seen in front of Santa Monica's City Hall, is titled "Chain Reaction." Installed by Paul Conrad in 1991, it is made completely from chains.

Sign reading California Cooperage
Isn't it odd that "cooperate" and "cooperage" share all of the same letters except a single consonant, yet one is a verb and the other a noun, and each is pronounced entirely differently?

Profuse bright pink/magenta blooms on a fence
The plants in Los Angeles are almost entirely different from the ones you see in Minnesota, but when they do overlap, the L.A. versions are overwhelmingly larger and more beautiful. This bougainvillea was one of the hundreds I saw growing as vines on fences.

Black and white abstract mural with colorful graffiti art along the bottom
I didn't get to see a lot of L.A.-style graffiti, but this mural brought it to mind.

Wood and corrugated metal house with odd shaped window
A glimpse of part of Frank Gehry's deconstructivist post-modern house in Santa Monica (1978). He lived here when his career began its rise from corrugated metal to stainless steel.


Michael Leddy said...

"Chickenmobile with your rooster tail / I had my fill and I know how bad it feels": from Sufjan Stevens's song about Decatur, Illinois.

David Steinlicht said...

"Vampires Suck" is a movie title with a lot of possibilities for marquee shenanigans. It works when paired with lots of movie titles, including "The Expendables," "Scott Pilgrim," "The Other Guys," and my favorite, "Vampires Suck, Eat, Pray, Love."

Daughter Number Three said...

I saw another marquee yesterday that said Vampire Suck Dinner for Schmucks, which had the advantage of almost rhyming.