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Veiled under cancers of smog is the puke spill of Los Angeles
by Katy Purviance on 07/14/08 @ 05:22:56 pm
Categories: Events, Articles | 246 words | 1440 views

The other day I told you about the John Lautner exhibit at the Hammer Museum here in LA (go see it!) Christopher Hawthorne of the LA Times has done an article on the exhibit too, and something in the article made me feel…well, justified.

It’s no secret that Lautner disliked Los Angeles. He described his life here as “too rotten to imagine” and complained that the city was “so ugly it made me physically sick.” Many of his most significant houses, sunk into or hovering over hillsides, are precisely containers for a life safely detached and hidden away from that ugliness.

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I climbed all the way up to the HOLLYWOOD sign. Or actually, just behind and above it. A sign threatens arrest and a $103 fine if you actually, um, bypass, the fence to reach the sign.

It’s quite a site from the very top of the hill. Look south, over the sign, and there veiled under cancers of smog is the puke spill of Los Angeles, undecipherable under its shroud of pollution. About face and take a few steps and there’s the also-smoggy Burbank/Glendale spread. I made out Forest Lawn Mortuary, the 134 freeway, and ABC studios, all of which were close to the foothills, but everything else was indistinguishable. Ugliness and sameness and smog hiding it all away.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to Lautner’s exhibit. It runs until October somethingth. Go see it!

Read the LA Times article

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