Friday, July 17, 2015

RANDYLAND: A FOLK ART SHRINE TO THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE





This week's arts and culture piece is entitled  "Randyland: A Folk Art Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe."

Here's how it begins:

I don’t know about you, but I personally love a folk art installation, looming 40 feet above the street, made of glass bottles filled with colored water that form a giant light-refracting image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Thus I found myself in Echo Park recently, visiting Randlett King Lawrence, creator of what he calls the Phantasma Gloria and proprietor of “Randyland.”

“Come just before dusk,” Randy had said. “That’s when the light is best.”

Randy greets me in a blue pajama-like outfit he’s hand-stenciled with a Virgin of Guadalupe motif. “At this time of day, refraction is in action,” he announces gleefully.

The installation is up on a hill and takes up the whole 50 linear feet of Randy’s front yard.


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RANDYLAND FROM INSIDE RANDY'S HOUSE





2 comments:

  1. Very nice! Loved hearing the backstory. Who could fail to be enchanted, or at least delighted, by someone who wishes to share the light?

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