Saturday, October 12, 2013

A GIANT GLASS VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE, AKA ECHO PARK'S "RANDY LAND"


The other afternoon I had coffee with my friend Tanya Ward Goodman, author of the groovy memoir Leaving Tinkertown.

It was a beautiful day in Echo Park and afterwards I made my way on foot up N. Lemoyne to the 1600 block, there to observe a folk art installation, technically entitled "Phantasma Gloria" and colloquially known as Randy Land aka The Giant Glass Virgin of Guadalupe.

From the L.A. Times, by Ann Summa

"Randlett Lawrence’s frontyard sculpture, “Phantasma Gloria,” rises above the street in a glittering cobalt blue wave, swaying in the breeze in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Times reported on Lawrence’s installation in 2001, as he was starting it, and the artist has been adding to the work ever since. The piece now towers above the scarlet and gold bougainvillea bushes, the swirls of colored glass rising 24 feet high and spanning 50 feet in width."












HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE,
THAT IS A LOT OF BOTTLES FILLED WITH COLORED LIQUID...


1 comment:

  1. Puts me in mind of the folk art of Reverend Howard Finster whose work I first discovered on the cover of the now long defunct band, Adam Again. He was no friend of Rome, however his work is similar in the sense of an obsessive dedication to the uniquely creative representation of a simple message; God loves you, too much.

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