3 September 2008

Free parking

A recent post on Cheryl Bernstein's blog reminded me that I had been admiring the turf at DODGERS STADIUM recently and had been planning to do an exploration of carparks. This ONE CAR, parked as far as possible from the stadium and nowhere near anything else, has me intrigued. And I love the layers of LINE WORK these images contain: palimpsest heaven HERE.

Photographed from a helicopter on a Sunday morning in 1967, along with 33 other LA parking lots, Ruscha lays bare the city's car-focussed infrastructure for his book Thirtyfour Parking Lots. As J G Ballard said, “Ruscha’s images are mementos of the human race taken back with them by visitors from another planet.” (quote and commentary found at the bottom of this page)

To make up for the lack of activity around here lately, for your viewing pleasure over the weekend, here are another 33 gathering places for cars, as found in the 'City of Angels': 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

Images of Ruscha's original carparks, and their locations, can be found here. A prize to the first person to provide google links for all 30.

Image: Ed Ruscha, Parking Lots, 1967/99 (#291 LA Dodger Stadium), Gelatin silver print, 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, Edition of 35. Appropriated from here.

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