Posts Tagged ‘art’
Private Tour Guests Love Chaplin Mural
Beneath the Hollywood Freeway overpass on Argyle at Franklin are several attractive Dan Collins murals depicting classical movie characters and more. Hollywood Bowl Self-Storage is the business providing the wall space for the artwork which instantly catches the attention of our private Los Angeles tour guests as we drive past. We snapped a photo of Charlie Chaplin recently but you can also come by there to see Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and other movie stars that we will let you see if you can identify. Here is a link to some of the other murals we have written about on this blogsite.
Luxury Tour Surprise on Way to Hollywood Sign
Ever ready with our digital SLR cameras we collect all sorts of images along the streets we drive every day in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. As readers here know we encounter some surprising sights quite regularly. This art installation by Hans Uder surprised us one day this summer as our custom vans headed up Beachwood Canyon to the Hollywoodland portals and then to the Hollywood Sign. So close to Halloween this seemed a good time to post this photograph and give a big thumbs up to Hans for his inspiring bus stop denizens. Our private Los Angeles tour guests posed with the art in photos for their albums of the good times and intriguing things they saw in Hollywood.
Take Our Private Los Angeles Tour to a Craftsman Tour in Pasadena
So many of our luxury tour guests express deep interest in architecture and design knowing how many remarkable structures are present in and around Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, our prime touring neighborhoods. We always remind them of the importance of Pasadena and its contributions to the aesthetics and historicity of American architecture and design. This weekend Pasadena Heritage once again opens up distinguished homes and exhibitions of that particular style of construction that this city just north of downtown Los Angeles is so famous for: Arts and Crafts architecture, better known here as Craftsman-style. The Bolton House (pictured) was completed in 1906 and is a prime example from Greene & Greene, brothers famous worldwide for their designs and the resulting structures. While the Gamble House, a familiar Greene & Greene residence, is now a museum and open for visiting throughout the year, the Bolton House and other notable homes are only rarely available to see up close. This is the weekend to explore some of these amazing buildings. Three days (Friday – Sunday) of guided tours, walking tours, open houses, exhibits and expositions should allow everyone a chance and a good reason to visit Pasadena and see why so many commercials and establishing shots in movies and television are filmed here.
Art Night/Art Walk Pasadena – A Special Tour Destination
Friday is Art Night in Pasadena. Saturday is the Art Walk. A day and a night of art, music, performance, food and fun brings thousands and thousands of people streaming into this little city just north of downtown Los Angeles. Free shuttles move people between all the different locations on Friday night. All the museums are open. Almost 20 venues will be hosting activities. There is no admission charge to visit any of the exhibits. A dozen familiar food trucks will serve the famished.
Pasadena is an amazing city of art in and of itself, home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Art Center College of Design, Armory for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum and Museum of California Art and numerous galleries and exhibit spaces throughout the city. Art Night and Art Walk are at least annual events that give everyone a chance to enjoy the work, design and vision of artists as well as get some good walking in and enjoy some really fine food truck eats. We bring our private Los Angeles tour folks to Pasadena for many different reasons and we strongly urge them to be here this weekend to enjoy the arts.
Hollywood & Highland Is a Grand Private Tour Destination
How else would you expect the escalator area to be made interesting in the heart of Hollywood? With a floating piano, of course. A grand piano and candelabra is suspended between the levels of the grand Hollywood & Highland Center, a superb location for shopping, eating and being entertained. There is always something going on at the H&H Center – music, magic, special events. So many interesting businesses are packed into this corner at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue (thus the name!) that we can bring our private Los Angeles tour guests here and spend a great deal of time, not even thinking about Grauman’s Chinese Theatre next door or the El Capitan Theater right across the street. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is very nearby as are three wax figure museums and the Hollywood Museum (in the pink art deco Max Factor building). Needless to say, this is a major sightseeing destination for anyone visiting Hollywood. Allow plenty of time to see it all!
Salute the Women as You Enter Hollywood on a Private Tour
The Hollywood Gateway sculptures marks a starting point for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Often referred to as the “four ladies sculpture” (it really is five) the artwork on a traffic island in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea captures the attention of every one of our private Los Angeles tour visitors to this glorious part of Hollywood. Designed by Catherine Hardwicke and built by Karl West it was dedicated in 1994. The featured women are women who distinguished themselves in the relatively new film industry with not only their beauty and talent but their business acumen as well. They were Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, Anna May Wong and Dolores del Rio. This multi-talented, multi-ethnic group of actresses lead your eyes up to the top of the gazebo where there is a golden replica of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic subway grate pose from The Seven Year Itch. The Beatles and Elvis Presley are among the Walk of Fame celebrities with stars placed in the sidewalk near the sculpture. If you walk the Walk of Fame be sure to venture out to the island to enjoy the structure and design of the gateway.
Utility Box Transformed in Front of Our Private Tour Guests
Driving through Los Angeles we find artistic expression of all kinds everywhere. Sure, lots of graffiti, much of it inspired and attractive. But even more we encounter neighborhoods and artists using bland utilitarian objects throughout the city as canvasses for meaningful and beautiful inspiration. We point out all sorts of art installations, formal and otherwise, throughout our private Los Angeles tour route. This day we happened upon an enthusiastic young man rendering a painting of love and compassion on a utility box facing traffic. Big thumbs up, guy!
Something to See on Your Private Hollywood Tour
It is one thing to see Aaron Axelrod‘s transformation of DJ.Skee’s “Skee Lodge” in the daytime when passing by on a private luxury tour of Los Angeles and another thing entirely to see the full installation lit up at night and tuning in to all sorts of colorful interference patterns. The Los Angeles art scene is vibrant and growing and manifests itself throughout the enormous city in numerous ways. This just happens to be one intriguing presentation we pass by while showing our guests around Hollywood. There are enough others to design a special “art” tour just to see them. And we do!
Private Los Angeles Tour at a Single Mural
The seven panel mural along the side of Canter’s Deli in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles (near Hollywood) depicts more than 100 years of history and life of the Los Angeles Jewish community. Beginning in the left-most panel with the organizing of the first Jewish inhabitants in downtown Los Angeles (mid-1800s) the story proceeds to the right through the time the mural was painted (1985). Businesses, film, sports, social activism and the influence of Jewish life in southern California history are illustrated within vignettes on each panel. The artist, Art Mortimer, is a southern California native and is considered one of the fathers of the Los Angeles mural movement, many examples of which we have written about in other blog entries (“mural” posts). A number of our custom private tours throughout the year will be specifically designed to take our curious guests through the neighborhoods to visit notable and renowned murals. Let us know if you are interested and we will be happy to show you these large outdoor artworks.
Take a Private Tour to an Audio Tour for Kids
The Getty Museum is one of the pre-eminent museums in the country. Beautiful works of art in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Santa Monica Bay and all of Los Angeles. Adults generally choose to visit an art museum while hoping that their children somehow will be inspired and find a way to enjoy the experience. Fear not, parents, for the Getty has an audio tour created by kids for kids. And, of course, the works of arts showcased in the tour are just what young people will enjoy — artworks containing demons, angels and all sorts of monsters. The audio tour is guided by the voices of children and a few of their monster and demon friends. The audio tour is mostly fun but sufficiently informative to consider your visit to the Getty educational. Los Angeles on a private tour with us often includes a stop at the Getty Museum when on the way to the beach and Malibu. A private tour within a private tour. We do the driving and make all the arrangements. You, and your children, will love it!