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The Front Yards of 90042

January 25, 2011

On the Pasadena adjacent edge of 90042 in Garvanza swims a very large koi carp. Murals on houses in 90042 are nothing too uncommon. In a zip code so dense with artists these sort of artistic expressions are bound to happen. However, this particularly striking painting of an orange koi on the side of a garage in the front yard of this home on Avenue 63 begs the question. Why?

Oranges, figs, bird bath, and a giant koi. All in one front yard.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Forrest Rhodes permalink
    January 27, 2011 9:32 am

    Wow! I love these murals! I’m wandering down the street and suddenly I’m getting an unexpected glimpse into a whole ‘nother dimension … My admiration and thanks to the visionaries who give us civilians these surprise gifts.

    Going slightly off topic here (but I’m not sure how else to get the word out, since I do not Twit): If you have any use for a couple of semi-weathered old doors, drive up North Avenue 66 from York Blvd. On the newly resurfaced corner of Elgin and Ave. 66 two doors are leaning up against a street sign. Since they’ve been there for a week or more, I think they’re available for the taking. Just thought I’d mention it in case anybody’s interested.

  2. January 27, 2011 10:07 pm

    Wow, what great shots. I love all the unexpected little gems like this you can find in Highland Park.

    Forrest, I’ll mention those doors to Pasadena Adjacent. She’s notorious for scoring left-behind stuff in her Trash Tuesday series.

  3. Tina permalink
    January 28, 2011 10:31 am

    The area that this mural is in just became part of the Highland Park – Garvanza Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Garvanza is seeing more artists and musicians again moving into the area. Our history has been artisans as we were part of one of the first Arts and Crafts communities in the United States. So there is energy in this part of Los Angeles that dates back to the day. Check out Judson Glass Studios, Abbey San Encino (Jackson Browne’s) grandfather built it and our new beautiful Arroyo Seco Library!!

  4. January 29, 2011 8:27 am

    I paid the mural a visit yesterday. I don’t know how I missed it. I drive past 63 and Church all the time. Guess thats what happen when you get complacent.

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