The Cornfield Then and Now
Ok, these two photos don’t even pretend to be art. They are pictures. Pictures of objects and places recorded faithfully in time. What they do represent is the changing face of Los Angeles, a city capable of gargantuan change in a perilously short amount of time. Nothing is sacred here!
Both photos were taken on a tripod, at the same angle from the upper level of the parking structure next door to Chinese Friends restaurant, the friendliest restaurant in Chinatown, maybe the whole world. The location is 984 N. Broadway on the East side of the street. As you can see there has been quite a change over the years. Originally a Tongva village, it became the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station yard, then a vacant lot frequented by the homeless, an art project called “Not A Cornfield” by artist, Lauren Bon, and finally the 32 acre Los Angeles State Historic Park. I’m guessing the next polemic will most likely be to keep the park from becoming a downtown Disneyland. Enjoy it while you can folks!
“Artists need to create on the same scale that society has the capacity to destroy.”