Saturday, January 12, 2013

Los Angeles Builds out of Fantasy, Not Bricks & Mortar

The Central Library presents a fun and fabulous program on February 2nd at 2 pm, and it's free!

"A City of Fakes: A History of Themed Environments in Los Angeles"

Here's what the event covers (from the library's website):

"Most cities build monuments out of stone, Los Angeles builds them out of fantasies. From backlots to theme parks, L.A. has long been a city of imaginary worlds. There are Mayan temples that show movies, cruise liners that bottle Coca-Cola, and Babylonian palaces that manufacture tires. Join Zed Adams and Eric Lynxwiler on a tour of faux reality, as they chronicle the history of one of L.A.'s most distinctive contributions to 20th century architecture and design: the themed environment. Drawing upon the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, they guide you through the history of Angelenos living, working, and playing in a city of fakes."

The "cruise line that bottles[s] Coca-Cola" is pictured--it's from the library.

This presentation (at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the library) is from the LAPL's Photo Collection and a group called Photo Friends.

Since I spend so much time on the library's website, I should have been watching their events page! It'll be something to stay on top of in future. Fortunately, I follow them on FB so I'm not completely out of the loop.

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