Still deep in Venice, here's a mural by R. Cronk on one of the streets ending at the boardwalk.
It turns out the Kush doctor wasn't closed down, it just moved down the boardwalk. It's a couple shops to the right of this marijuana evaluation center. Near the skate plaza.
Art with a sense of humor. These pirates protect an apartment (?) building overlooking the Marina.
Some of the original inhabitants in a small patch of the remaining wetland/grassland that was turned into Marina del Rey. I don't think they were compensated or given new homes when their space was turned into condos and boat harbors back in the 6os and 70s.
Ballona Creek trail. There were rock sculptures for about 1/4 of a mile.
I thought these were surf scoters when I saw them, but now I'm not so sure. They look a lot like the surf scoters I saw in Juneau, but they have white beaks and not white on their foreheads. [Naomi - comments below - thinks they are coots.]
Eventually, we got to the end of the trail. I knew we'd passed Baldwin Hills, but I wasn't sure where we were.
LA's new light rail construction was there. It turned out we were at Jefferson and National.
At this point biking was less pleasant, but J got out his android and figured going back on Venice would be more direct.
Not sure what this is, but we passed it as we rode along National to Venice. We're still south of Washington here.
UPDATE 7:36pm: Thanks to Naomi and Pam (MPB) I now know this is by architect Eric Owen Moss:
Culver City, CaliforniaSamitaur Tower
The Samitaur Tower is an information tower, constructed at the corner of Hayden Avenue and National Boulevard immediately across from the new Expo light rail line arriving from downtown Los Angeles in June, 2011. That intersection is the primary entry point into the re-developed zone of Culver City.Anon also provided a link to the Dec. 20, 2010 New Yorker article on Moss and his work in Culver City. MPB also posted the abstract of the New Yorker article in the comments. Thanks both of you.
Conceptually, the tower has both introverted and extroverted planning objectives. Internal to the burgeoning site area of new media companies, graphic designers, and general office tenants, the tower will symbolize the advent of this important new urban development, provide a changing art display for local viewing, and offer a variety of graphic content and data on its five screens concerning coming events and current achievements of the tenants who occupy that part of the city.
On Venice we stopped at Emerald Royal Thai Restaurant for a noodle lunch. It was good.
We passed the Museum of Jurassic Technology before we took our separate ways home. I've been here before. It's one of LA's most quirky little museums, with a bizarre collection of items. Well worth it for those who like the out of the ordinary (in the bizarre sense.) But we'd had a good ride already and didn't stop.
And before long I was home.