Additives and Art
Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
35Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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Fortified with our daily dose of additives, we ventured down the Ventura Highway wishing for sunshine, looking out for little old ladies as we drove through Pasadena to the Getty Centre to catch up on Melanie's art homework. The Getty Centre is an outstanding modern building containing a European art gallery perched on top of a hill overlooking Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The gallery is free, although there is a $10 parking charge and they run a neat funicular tram up to the Gallery from the carpark.
The building is made of dazzling white travertine (bring your sunnies) and adds a Roman touch to what is a 21st century temple to the arts. Parallels between imperial America's love for European art and Rome's love for Greek art are unavoidable. Getty himself made his money from oil, and plenty of it too! It is neat to see the 6 lane (or 12 if you count both sides) highway at the base of the hill and think of the millions of automobiles that pumped gas that made Getty's millions so that he could establish a Foundation to pay for a first class art gallery.
The Getty Centre is modern, immaculately clean, child friendly, well-organised and has great art. The collection is not huge, but is all top quality and beautifully presented. The junior art lovers took their time admiring the collection and made sketches and notes of some favourites as well as participating in the Art Detective activity. We didn't have time to explore the gardens, but they would be worth a separate visit. A must see even if art is not your thing.
After Getty, we again hunted for the Hollywood sign. This time we found it, parking at the entrance to the original Hollywoodland estate where the stone entrance from the 20s remains. Met a "Thelma and Louise" couple of ladies, April and Tina from Chicago in their rented PT cruiser and took each others' photos, the kids standing on the backseat of their car so we could get them and the sign in the frame.
Arrived home to find a notice pinned to the door "To Australian visitors! Celebrate Spring! At the Annual Hidden Valley Road Easter Egg Hunt". Met our friendly next door neighbours to confirm attendance of the girls tomorrow. Apparently they are not chocolate (aka candy) eggs but hollow plastic eggs with a toy in the middle. I'm glad I asked as the kids would have been a bit confused otherwise.
We're looking forward to meeting a few more of the locals at church tomorrow as well as at the neighbourhood gathering.