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Recent DTLA Garden.2: LAPCA Tapestry

August 10, 2011

Front to back

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, LAPCA, is part of the Olvera Street complex of buildings that includes not only the famous open-air vendors and restaurants, but also Los Angeles’ historic Catholic Church. Housed next to the church, in two 19th Century buildings that have been beautifully restored, it’s been a daily treat watching the LAPCA progress from a tented monolith of scaffolding to important cultural institution. LAPCA’s website (click here) details current exhibitions and events; I’m looking forward to finding the time for a visit soon. On a recent morning, I decided to postpone my rush into the office and sneak onto the grounds to find … not much going on. Most of the garden and performance space was gated off (behind colorful powder-coated Aztec-motif metalwork) and what I could see inside was not that exciting; other areas were still under construction. A happy surprise, however, was this gorgeous vertical garden. Employing an amazingly diverse array of textures and colors, this planted wall is alternately shaggy, spiky, fluffy, lush, low, scruffy, woolly and leafy … a sumptuous visual and tactile tapestry and a complete delight this cool morning!

My blog page’s width is too constricting to stretch the tapestry out on horizontally, but please enjoy letting your eyes roam down the wall. For a closer look at the structure of the wall, including the plastic milk-crate like modules that contain the plants and soil, click the first picture and scroll across …

Textural tapestry

… and for transportation into a world where succulents, grasses and ferns all hang out together, playing off — and complementing — each other, double-click on the picture above and scroll around.

I’ll have to make visiting the LAPCA’s garden a daily detour … The garden wall is between the LAPCA’s main buildings and the Plaza Catholic church, on North Main Street., across from the Plaza’s kiosko, or bandstand.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2011 11:52 pm

    Looks like the answer to “Can’t we all just get along?” Yes we can! Serendipity is a wonderful thing.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 10, 2011 11:56 pm

      Yes — The woolly, spiky and the fluffy can live together in harmony!

  2. August 11, 2011 12:24 am

    That looks good. Maybe the grasses are a bit stressed (dry tips?) but overall way cool. Looks like the “crates” are maybe 6″ deep or so?

    Thanks for showing that!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 11, 2011 2:35 am

      Hey, HB, the crate-things are about 6-8 inches deep … and some of the grasses do look a bit dessicated, but somehow perfect … hopefully, they’ll rally soon!

  3. Judy permalink
    August 11, 2011 6:20 am

    What a totally cool photo!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 11, 2011 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Judy! Now get back to work, it ain’t the same without you…

  4. Vickie Perez permalink
    August 12, 2011 6:47 am

    I surely do enjoy these places you find!! You make me think that I need to do some roaming around. Thank you for the views that I would never see otherwise.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 12, 2011 12:29 pm

      I do love roaming … and, not driving really helps finding places and things!

  5. August 25, 2011 10:57 pm

    I know this area — can’t wait to get to L.A. to visit!
    Love that you posted the photo vertically!!!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 25, 2011 11:20 pm

      Alice, thanks! Glad you stopped by; have a look around.

  6. August 25, 2011 11:34 pm


    Posted a link on my facebook page:

    so there should be lots of new visitors clicking their way through to wonderful Rancho Reubidoux.

    PPS… just re-tweeted a link to that terrific Vimeo Video of your garden!! What fun to walk through with a musical soundtrack 😉

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 25, 2011 11:43 pm

      Thanks again, Alice… I’m glad you enjoyed the Rancho


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