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Kenny Scharf’s Kosmic Krylon Garage, Pasadena

Kosmic Krylon Garage
All Photos By Gail

Artist Kenny Scharf rose to prominence in the 1980s New York art scene as part of a now-legendary group of artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, but he was born and raised in Los Angeles, and now makes southern California his home. If you also live in LA, or plan to visit, and you love art, then make a point to check out the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA), which, as the name suggests, features exhibits exclusively by California artists, architects and designers. Although the museum’s exhibits change approximately every six months, there is one permanent exhibit by Kenny Scharf, which happens to be in the parking garage adjacent the building; the Kosmic Krylon Garage! Let’s take a look inside!

Kosmic Krylon Garage
When You See This Face, You Have Arrived at the Kosmic Krylon Garage

In the summer of 2004, Kenny Scharf: California Grown opened at the PMCA as the Museum’s first tri-level exhibition, with paintings installed and a tape of The Groovenians Scharf’s animated show for Cartoon Network — screening on the second floor, his bronze sculptures in the third-floor Founders’ Gallery, and the transformation of the PMCA garage into the Kosmic Krylon Garage.

Kosmic Krylon Garage Signage

After the exhibition closed, the colorful murals spray-painted by Scharf over the course of a week remained on the walls of the garage and continue as a permanent installation. The Kosmic Krylon Garage is on view during regular Museum hours. Parking in the garage is free of charge.

Check Out My Photos of Some of the Artwork Inside the Garage:

Kosmic Krylon Garage Mushroom Cloud

This Angry Mushroom Cloud covers most of the very rear wall of the garage.

Kosmic Krylon Garage

Kosmic Krylon Garage

The lot was almost full on the day of our visit, so I did not get many photos without cars in them, sorry!

Kosmic Krylon Garage

Kosmic Krylon Garage

If you remember Kenny’s Bowery Mural installation that went up in late  2010, you will recognize these little guys as being indicative of his signature characters.

Kosmic Krylon Garage

Kosmic Krylon Garage

Kosmic Krylon Garage Butterfly

Kosmic Krylon Garage

Kosmic Krylon Garage

Find out more about the Kosmic Krylon Garage, and plan your visit to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, at This Link!

Kosmic Krylon Garage

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Happy New Year, 2017!

Purple Lotus Flowers
Photographed by Gail at The Japanese Garden, Balboa Park, Van Nuys, CA

2017 is going to be a challenging year for peace-loving folks, so be sure to exercise additional mindfulness, love and patience through strength of resolve to do what is right. I wish you all the best.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Eiffel Tower Ornaments

Pink Eiffel Tower Ornament
All Photos By Gail

These Pink Eiffel Tower Christmas Ornaments were spotted in the Simply Fresh Gift Shop in San Marino, California. They have all kinds of cool stuff and I always enjoy shopping there when I am in LA!

Pink Eiffel Tower Ornaments

Happy New Year!

Japanese Garden, Balboa Park, California

Japanese Garden Signage
All Photos By Gail

Even though I grew up in Southern California, there are a lot of tourist attractions I never had a chance to see when I lived there. These days, when I go back to visit my family and friends I try to check out some of the places that especially showcase what a naturally beautiful area California is (which of course I never appreciated until I moved to the concrete jungle of NYC).

Small Pagoda

On my most recent visit at Christmas, I had a fun time with my friend Sue at the Japanese Garden, located in Balboa Park in the city of Van Nuys. If you’re a fan of the fun Tattoo Artist reality competition series Best Ink, then you might recall the Japanese Garden from this season’s episode where the Best Ink contestants visited it to get inspiration and sketch during the “Design an Asian Tattoo” challenge.

Sculpted Tree

While the Japanese Garden is an ideal place to spend some quiet time enjoying nature or checking out their shrubbery from around the world, like the Thuja Green Giant, it has a constructive purpose as well as being beautiful to look at. The Garden is actually built on the site of the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, which was designed to produce reclaimed water that will meet the requirements of the California Department of Health Services and the County Health Department.  It is apparent that the tree care company staff and direction have a firm grasp on each of the plant’s needs, the garden is lush and healthy. The filtration process takes a total of about 11.5 hours, producing reclaimed water can be made available for specific reuse, with any excess being discharged to the Los Angeles River.

Garden with Stream

Japanese Garden Hot Pink Flower

These photos were all taken in December, just a few days before Christmas (during the spell of 75 degree, sunny days that Californians refer to as “Winter”), so you can imagine how much more lush and floral this place looks when things start to grow again in the spring.

Foot Bridge

In the uncropped version of the above photo, you can clearly see the reclamation plant in the background.

Stone Pagoda Statue

The Garden is also an ideal spot to practice your amateur nature photography skills!

Japanese Garden Tatami Room

This photo was taken from inside the on site Tea House.

Reeds Reflection

Waterfall

Bamboo
Wild Bamboo!

The Japanese Garden is Located at 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, California, 91406. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00AM until 4:00PM (the last gate entry each day is at 3:15PM). The Garden is closed to the public on Friday and Saturday, on all LA County Holidays and if it rains within 24 hours of opening time and during open hours. It is suggested that you call (818)756-8166 on the day you wish to visit to make sure the Garden is open. Admission to the Garden is only $3.00 per person, $2.00 for Seniors 62+ and Children under 10. Exact change is appreciated.

Japanese Garden Koi Fish Mural
This Koi Fish Mural is painted across the walls inside the Visitors Center.

Graffiti House, Venice Beach, California

Graffiti Houses, Venice Beach
Photos By Gail

This colorful Graffiti Covered building, Located at 815 Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach, California, and visible from the boardwalk, is home to Bear Trap Studio. It is also known as the Bear Trap House. The artwork is by Street Artist Mario E.

Graffiti House, Venice Beach

Jim Morrison Mural, Venice Beach, California

Jim Morrison Mural
Photo By Gail

Painted by muralist Rip Cronk, this likeness of a microphone holding, shirtless Jim Morrison can be seen on the side of a three story building located at 1811 Speedway and 18th Place in Venice Beach, CA. Originally painted in 1991, Cronk touched up the painting in the Summer of 2012, creating an vibrant orange background over what has previously been both a darker blue color and the building’s natural white brick. The mural is a must-see for Doors fans if you happen to be in the area.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Gingerbread Shop

Pink Gingerbread Shop Front View
Photos By Gail

Here at The Worley Gig, we are always on the hunt for cool Pink Things to bring our readers, and here is a good one. The Yucaipa-based Gingerbread Shop was spotted by me a few days after Christmas at downtown Riverside’s Festival of Lights, where they’ve parked for at least the last three years. The Google informs me that this Bright Pink A-frame pop-up bakery is an offshoot of a bakery at Santa’s Village (a small park with kiddie rides that I recall visiting as a child), and for a time was a fixture at the Inland Center in San Bernardino. The shop serves up delicious desserts, including cinnamon rolls, apple crisp and, of course, gingerbread cake and gingerbread men, as well as hot beverages. The Gingerbread Shop is located on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall, on the north side of Mission Inn Avenue. Unfortunately, the Festival of Lights runs only through January 4th, 2014, so you’ll have to wait for next year to check it out!

Pink Gingerbread Shop