The Cornfield Then and Now

The Cornfield 12/06/1982 The Cornfield, December 6, 1982 – Chinatown, Los Angeles, California, USA

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The Cornfield 4/08/2011 The Cornfield April 8, 2011- Chinatown, Los Angeles, California, USA

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copyright 2011 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

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.”

Lauren Bon

Bio Art – Los Angeles State Historic Park
Cirque Berserk – Los Angeles State Historic Park

4 thoughts on “The Cornfield Then and Now

  1. yesterday and today…

    a world that has disappeared and a new era that has emerged…
    Art can always find inspiration, even into non-sacred moments of time…

    ps extremely intelligent and wise idea,
    and so “friendly” mapping of the background, even to us, who are lost
    thousand miles away, somewhere on the planet!

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  2. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life” by Henry Havelock Ellis.

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    • Hi Marline. Thanks for commenting and, congratulations on the free lunch (and you’re welcome)! 🙂

      I should thank you. I hadn’t been back to that post in awhile and the link to Bioart – Los Angeles State Historic Park was not working…so I fixed it. Tell your friend and maybe you’ll get another freebee!

      By the way, that’s a great quote. If you’ve seen my blog, you know I love quotes!


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