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This cemetery is as Hollywood as they come. Genuine elegance is provided by its Egyptian temples, Greek statues and Roman memorials. This is the final resting place for some of the most famous names in early Hollywood history including Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino. The Paramount Studios lot lies adjacent to these grounds, and many of its stars have been buried here. Some of the more impressive grave sites include the water-guarded mausoleum of William A. Clark, Jr. and Douglas Fairbanks’ monument and reflecting pool.
The Hollywood Sculpture Garden is a unique collection of art pieces and paintings curated by Dr. Robby Gordon. Located in the Hollywood Hills, this museum features excellent sculptures by local as well as international artists in a green, luscious plantation. You can take a peek into the garden and a few of the art pieces at street-level as you pass by. The garden is filled with various art pieces made from steel rods, stones or concrete, that are placed strategically to blend in with the plantation and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Not just the garden, but also the stairs have been decorated by embedding beads and marbles to create beautiful textured patterns. The gallery at the entrance hosts a lot of art receptions and displays, which attract gallery owners and museum curators, creating a pool of opportunity for the artists. You can book a visit or sign up for an upcoming event to view this scenic garden and enjoy a tour by Dr. Robby himself.
Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils. More than 40,000 years ago mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves freely roamed the Los Angeles basin and became entrapped in the natural asphalt of the tar pits. During the summer months, visitors can observe the ongoing excavation from Pit 91. A visit to the on-site Page Museum is a must.
What started out as a random collection of vintage street lamps turned into an iconic landmark within a decade. Chris Burden is the creative brainchild behind the unique installation that graces the premises of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is an assemblage of over 200 street lights dating back to the 1920s that were sources of light to neighborhoods across Southern California. Linearly aligned and refurbished to maintain uniformity, the cast iron beams boast intricate geometric patterns at their base and are topped with solar powered luminary globes.
A secret walkway or a trail that leads to a strange yet unique world is how one might describe the Garden of Oz. Tucked inside one of the many twists on the Ledgewood Drive, wrapped around in trees and shrubs, a visitor gets a quick peek into this private garden. Inspired by the tale of Wizard of Oz, the whole garden is decorated with beads, toys, tiles and shiny marbles forming a mosaic pattern. A tiny yellow gate followed by a trail of yellow tile leads you to each and every corner featuring thrones, steps and garden beds. You will stumble upon thrones dedicated to characters of the wizard of oz to John Lennon, studded in shimmering marbles and concrete bases draped in tile mosaic. The declaration of its designation as a Historic-Cultural monument has made it an attraction for locals as well as tourists. Though it is a private garden, one can avail access only on every Thursday from 10a to noon, when it is open to the visitors.
The Watts Towers is a local landmark in South L.A. Former construction worker Simon Rodia created the monument over a period of three decades, from 1921 to 1954. The monument is a melange of scrap metal, pipe structures, bed frames and thousands of seashells. The beauty of the object is Rodia's resourcefulness, it's a truly impressive piece of work for any artist, given its seventeen isolated units of sculpture. The towers can only be visited with a tour guide, and the landmark is only open Thursday through Saturday.
One of the most intriguing museums in Los Angeles, the exhibits here are both professionally sound and completely dubious at the same time. Although the exhibits feature artifacts and relics from the Lower Jurassic period, they seem to stay faithful to the theme of the museum. The main quest for the visitor is to determine whether or not this entire museum is a sham. Regardless of your ultimate conclusion, the museum is certainly worth both the price of admission as well as your time exploring it.
Bhagavad Gita Museum is truly a unique Los Angeles gem. Opened in 1977, this museum was opened to help teach visitors about the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture calling for selfless action. You'll learn about the scripture through eleven large dioramas that depict colorful scenes. You'll also see animatronics that help bring life to the story. Sign up for a guided tour and experience this one-of-a-kind museum for yourself.
Muscle Beach welcomes all fitness buffs and tourists. The original muscle beach at Santa Monica was shut and hence evolved the Muscle Beach at Venice. It is an open air kind of a gymnasium where one can see well-toned bodies working it out even more. This beach has also been a favorite among the celebrities. You will find people lifting weights, biking, swimming, sunbathing. This park is the most-sought after place by LA's health-conscious people.
Also known as the Binoculars Building due to the large binocular-shaped entrance, the Chiat/Day Building is hard to miss. Built as an office premises for former tenant TBWA\Chiat\Day, the structure was designed by architect Frank Gehry. Inside, each part of the building has its own theme, like Hollywood and Santa Monica Pier, though public access is not allowed.