La La Land
I've never been the biggest LA fan, and visiting the city for the first time three years ago didn't change that one bit. Endless traffic, no street life, super hyper friendly ("fake") people and in my case even rain, had me take a break from la la land for a while. But since a really good friend of mine lives there and flights weren't too expensive I decided to add another stop after three weeks New York.
Ten days of LA have not turned me into a fan, but I definitely appreciate the city for what it is. The architecture that reminds me of Americas "golden age" is full or art deco elements (I'm a huge fan of the jet age / art deco period), mixed with painted walls and absurd forms and shapes. Definitely my absolute highlight was our little road trip to salvation mountain though. This 3D rainbow artwork in the middle of the desert was definitely on my bucket list and even more exciting in real life!
June 13, 2017
Labels: On track, Place to be, Sail the Seas
LA is full of the most beautiful flora as well as one colourful wall after the other. My floral desigual top fit in perfectly as the exotic flower print matched chameleon like with the rest of my surrounding. The park this was shot in by the way is called "Pershing Square" right downtown and is full of colourful geometric forms and shapes. It is also a place to a lot of homeless people but downtown LA in general is. I was climbing around palm trees and pillars to find the perfect shot between tropical flowers and amazing colours. The photos definitely look more fun than it actually was.
Salvation Mountain had been a dream of mine for a long time. While LA had moderate 21 degrees, salvation mountain measured about 42 degrees. So excuse my bright red face but climbing around a mountain in the bright sun definitely did help my tan. My desigual poncho might not have helped me cool down but it definitely prevented my shoulders from getting burned and fitted in so perfectly with the rest of those painted slopes. The mountain by the way is an artwork by local resident Leonard Knight (1931–2014) made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. He painted numerous murals, Christian sayings and Bible verses. As the weather conditions in the Colorado desert are pretty harsh, the site needs constant maintaining. A lot of people donate paint, volunteers help keep it looking this way and you can even donate money for its preservation.
I'm very much into prints, but I'm also very picky about the right print. I can't even describe what makes a good print, I just have to see it and like it. Well this desigual shirt had me at first sight. It reminds me of a mix of the typical Hawaii shirt and African Wax printing. Yet it is neither and a little bit of both. The colours work with almost everything I own so it was the perfect piece for travelling a full four weeks.