On the third day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me… OKUM MADE’s O’Clocks.
Before November 5, 1913, Los Angeles was a dust bowl waiting for something to happen to it. The city was more rustic with cattle ranching and citrus farming serving as big industries in the city. This was before Hollywood, when street cars were still a viable means of transportation, and when we didn’t have very much water: the Los Angeles Aqueduct was in its infancy, an idea that was becoming a reality. The effort was to bring water to Los Angeles and, while well-intentioned, was plagued by problems—but it did help to make the city what it is now.
To explain and discuss its impact, the Natural History Museum has worked with local artist Rob Reynolds to explain the Aqueduct through watercolor paintings. The series of paintings separates the fables from the reality of the Los Angeles’ water problems, to illustrate how such a simple thing like importing water could cause so many problems. We’re still feeling the repercussions to this day.
Since today has a holiday slant to it, we thought we’d keep things going with LACMA’s official 2013 ornament. This year they enlisted local design celebrities The Haas Brothers to create something to hang on your holiday tree or perhaps even fashion into an earring. The Brothers found their inspiration from the exhibit Drawing Surrealism and made colorful, beautiful paw-like ornaments. They’re pretty fantastic—and their coloring is so delightful.
I know a lot of you were driving through North Mid-City or Hollywood yesterday and were greeted with a shit ton of traffic. We got a few notes from people, asking what was going on and why there was such a hold up. Why was there? It was the annual Hollywood Holiday Parade, Los Angeles’ early December tradition. It attempts to be the West coast version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and, while valiant and including balloons, will never come close to it. So what is it? It’s a mixture of things and we toured the starting area of the parade route before the festivities got started.
What happens when you give a handful of local artists giant reindeers and tell them to do whatever they want with them? You end up with something like The Reindeer Project, a charity focused art effort held by Westfield Century City that has turned Santa’s steeds into big multi-colored beauties. The ‘deers are current on display throughout the mall and are a welcome visual treat to breakup all the activity of kiosks and sometimes silly live performance malls are known for.