News and Online Community for Culver City - The New Scene
This time, the question is: Do you know where in Culver City this goat is? If you know, enter your response in the comments box of this post! I'll reveal the answer in two Fridays, when I post a new game.
Last time, I posted this astronaut:
Culver City Times member Kevin Lachoff slyly identified it by saying "I won't give away the secret answer (especially since it was actually my wife that recognized it right away)... I'll take a bit of creative license and say that It registered with us." Licence...registered...huh? huh? Yep, it's the astronaut who plays a key role at the Culver City Department of Motor Vehicles. Second win in a row for Kevin! On the Culver City Time's Facebook page, Christina Gaitan Impastato also correctly ID'ed the image as hailing from the Culver City DMV.
The whole building really is spectacular -- and representative of a whole different way of thinking about what a public building could look like or be. Created by Wayne Alamiz Healy and David Rivas Botello (collectively known as Los Dos Streetscapers), the murals are known as Moonscapes I - IV. According to Wikipedia, East Los Streetscapers grew out of the Chicano Mural Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, a strand of muralism that "began as an arm of struggle of claiming urban space" for Chicanos.
Here's how the building looked in 1978, when it was first painted.
According to a statement of purpose painted directly into the mural itself:
"The painting of "Moonscapes" represents an exposition of thought related to our position in the universe. The mural poses many questions to those who look beyond the graphic design. For instance; Why does the mind's ability to comprehend lifespans that vary from stars to subatomic particles oftentimes come easier than our willingness to understand the ideas of a fellow earthling? Or; How can we allow our society's overburden of advertising belligerence, "labor-saving" electrical nonsense, and strategic arms overkill to take precedence over the care and maintainance [sic] of spaceship Earth as we hurtle through the cosmos? It is hoped that questions such as these will stimulate your consciousness as you view "Moonscapes" and as such, enhance your interests and enjoyment."
Here are some images from elsewhere on the building:
Elsewhere in the mural there is an appropriately trippy quote, unattributed but actually from Isaac Newton: "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier swell than ordinary while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."