California Science Center

There was an exhibit at the California Science Center that I went to see.

It was an exhibit concerning Pixar animation.

It was about Pixar animation.

These banners are pretty effective.

These banners are very enticing and effective. They got me to go.

The California Science Center is housed in an old building in Exposition Park. It was built in 1912.

The California Science Center is housed in an old building in Exposition Park. It was built in 1912 as the State Exposition Building.

I have yet to uncover who the architect was.

I have yet to uncover who the architect was.

Evidently, the facade is the only thing that remains of the original building. The building behind it was demolished.

Evidently, the facade is the only thing that remains of the original building. The building attached to the facade was demolished.

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There was a short film after you went through this door that detailed how animation is now done in 2017.

After you went through this door, a short film that detailed how animation is created in 2017 was shown but I wasn’t really interested in that.

I suspect what everyone came for was to see the big characters from the movies.

I suspect everyone went to see these big movie characters.

That's what I came for.

That’s why I went.

There were clay models too.

There were models in resin…

...and robot's too.

…and robot’s too.

There was an interactive component to it also.

The exhibit contained an interactive component but I’m not somebody who wants to sit in front of a monitor and play with switches. I’m not eleven.

I fear I'm turning into this old man.

What scares me is I suspect I’m turning into this old man.

I got some surly teenager who was loud and kind of obnoxious to take this picture of me. When I asked for his help he turned into this really thoughtful person.

I asked a surly teenager who was loud and obnoxious to take this picture of me. When I requested his help he turned into a different person though; suddenly, he became kind and thoughtful. Maybe, it was because somebody asked him to help them? I just need the suspenders and my hair to go white and I’m there.

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Someone told me she was modeled on Edith Head.

In another room the exhibit continued but the real show was in the first room. Someone told me this character, from The Incredibles, was modeled after Edith Head. She looks like Edith Head.

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That’s real pretty.

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Downstairs there was an amazing part of America’s history on display.

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I had never seen it but since I was so close I decided to stop by.

You can walk under it.

You can walk under it. For some reason I felt more emotion walking under The Endeavor than I did watching the movie Moonlight. Go figure.

 

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

I went on a tour of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s located in Exposition Park. It was free and I had never been there before.

From the other side of the fence.

From the other side of the fence.

Up close.

Up close.

Real close.

Real close.

The zodiac sign within the arch.

The zodiac signs within the arch.

On the inside of the Perishyle.

On the north side of the Peristyle.

The south side of the perishyle.

The south side of the peristyle.

They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.

They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.

I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.

It’s Babe. I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.

This tells the whole LAMC story.

This tells the whole LAMC story.

I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1902-1903 and this image of Parkinson was in it.

I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1900-1902 and this image of Parkinson was in it. Parkinson was the architect of the Coliseum along with his son Donald.

This is a view from the roof.

This is a view from the roof of the press box.

Here's a view from the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!

Here’s a view from within the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!

We went in here too.

We went in here too.

Inside the Trojan locker room.

Inside the Trojan locker room. It’s a little blurry but I was really excited about being in the locker room.

I like the graphics.

I like the graphics.

That's me getting all school spirit-y.

That’s me getting all school spirit-y.

When the opposing team comes out of their locker room they see this...

When the opposing team comes out of their locker room and heads to the field they see this first…

...and this.

…then this.

This is walking out to the field.

This is walking out onto the field. This reminds me of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind when the aliens release the abductees at the end of the movie.

This was very cool part of the tour.

This was a very cool part of the tour.

My brother loves Traveler.

My brother loves Traveler. (Okay, I’m being sarcastic. My brother is not a big fan of Traveler. Traveler is the name of USC’s mascot horse.)

It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green.

It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green. The tour was two hours but it didn’t seem that long.

Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.

Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.

Some Coliseum articles.

This is a very pretty image I found California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.

This is a very pretty image I found in California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.

This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it's from the Southwest Museum and I'm not quite sure why it's included.

This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it’s from the Southwest Museum and I’m not quite sure why it’s included.

Five months after I posted this post I found these images.

Five months after I posted this post I found these images.

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OTHER THINGS AT EXPOSITION PARK

There are many other interesting things at Exposition Park next to the Los Angeles Coliseum.

These statues are pretty cool. They're by Robert Graham. Evidently, they were controversial when first installed.

These statues are pretty cool. They’re by Robert Graham.
Evidently, they were controversial when first installed.  (Photo courtesy Coliseum website.)

On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.

On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.

It's very pretty in the summer.

It’s very pretty in the summer.

Another view.

Another view.

That's the Science Center back there. I'm pretty sure that's where they have the Space Shuttle.

That’s the California Science Center behind the fountain. I’m pretty sure that’s where they have the Space Shuttle.

My favorite things in the park are these two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.

My favorite things in the park are two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.

Some close-ups. I really like the boxers.

Some close-ups. I really like the boxers and the Strongman.

The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.

The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.

Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration building at USC?

Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration Building at USC?

Here's the other one.

Here’s the other one.

On the other side. The side with green pain on the outer wall.

Close up.

These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side.

These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side. The bird is a nice touch.

The discuss guy is cool.

The discus guy is cool. I could be him if I were taller, thinner and more athletic.

That horse appears to be the only animal.

The horse is like Traveler in stone.

This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

A couple of months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won. My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Six months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won! My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

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Olympic stadium in Los Angeles. (1931, December). Architectural Record. 70(6), 419-24.

The Los Angeles stadium. (1922, August). California Southland. (32), 8.