LA does not have many green spaces, but this secret walk (see previous posts) passes through Hollenbeck Park.
The East Los Angeles Secret Walk (see previous post) took us along Boyle Avenue past some beautiful historic houses. The famous Max Factor who was makeup artist to the Hollywood stars, lived in this house in the 1920s.
We used the LA Secret Walks book (see previous post) to investigate a little known part of the city in East Los Angeles, starting at Mariachi Plaza on the Metro Gold train line.
Mariachi Plaza is at the heart of Mexican culture in LA, and the place where Mariachi band members gather to be hired out to perform at private functions.
At the Last Bookstore (see previous post), we picked up a copy of “Secret Walks – A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles”. This is a companion to “Secret Stairs” which we purchased last year.
There is some strange stuff in the Last Bookstore like this sculpture constructed of old books and called “Diagnosis”.
When we are in LA we always try to visit the Last Bookstore which has a vast collection of nearly new books. It’s a good opportunity to purchase inexpensive copies of books by American authors such as Willa Cather or Isaac Asimov.
Public art is everywhere in LA’s Arts District and adjoining Little Tokyo. This mural near the Japanese American Museum celebrates the life of Basho, the famous 17th century Japanese poet.
Despite its car focus, Los Angeles does have some public transport. The Metro system is a network of suburban train lines centred on Union Station. Stations on the Gold Line feature public art like this book related sculpture at Indiana Station
There are many interesting wall murals from the 1920s throughout the library. This one is in the Children’s Library.
August 9 is National Book Lovers Day in the US. Recently, we revisited the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles which apart from the books is architecturally a very interesting building. This detail from the exterior depicts the history of printing.