The other afternoon I had coffee with my friend Tanya Ward Goodman, author of the totally groovy memoir Leaving Tinkertown (which I urge you to purchase asap), at Chango.
It was a beautiful day in Echo Park and afterwards I made my way on foot down Scott and up N. Lemoyne to the 1600 block, there to observe a folk art installation, I guess you'd call it, technically entitled "Phantasma Gloria" and colloquially known as Randy Land aka The Giant Glass Virgin of Guadalupe.
From the L.A. Times, by Ann Summa
"Randlett Lawrences frontyard sculpture, Phantasma Gloria, rises above the street in a glittering cobalt blue wave, swaying in the breeze in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Times reported on Lawrences installation in 2001, as he was starting it, and the artist has been adding to the work ever since. The piece now towers above the scarlet and gold bougainvillea bushes, the swirls of colored glass rising 24 feet high and spanning 50 feet in width."
|HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE, |
THAT IS A LOT OF BOTTLES FILLED WITH COLORED LIQUID...