Spheres Of Influence

It’s become something of an annual tradition these last few years for me one afternoon each spring to detour on my bike commute home to the Exposition Park Rose Garden and wander in the waning light of day along and among the multitudes and varieties of blooms — at least until the security patrol cruises by and gets on his PA to tell me to get out because for some grade-A WTF? the rose garden is only open until 5:30 p.m. Why the hell that place isn’t open and accessible until sunset I have no idea.

As usual before getting the boot I pixelized some of the flora, the snaps of which are available for viewing here at my Flickr photoset, but the bonus that I found on the garden’s promenade is what I’m more interested in sharing with you (slightly biggifiable if clicked or view the set here on Flickr):


It’s a free exhibition that debuted on Earth Day this past week called Cool Globes, and it features some 32 spheres measuring five feet in diameter remarkably transformed with a variety of materials by a range of artists as well as school kids to create awareness about global warming. “Cool Globes” will be in place at Exposition Park through July 23.

Afterwards I biked to a much more somber occasion, the ghost bike memorial for Jesus Castillo,  killed while bicycling on Glendale Boulevard April 19. Jesus Castillo, a 44-year-old resident of Echo Park was killed dy a driver who struck him and then fled the scene. Thanks to witnesses who recorded the vehicle’s license number, the driver was later arrested and determined not only to be operating a vehicle with a suspended license, but police say he was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. Pix from the gathering of several hundred cyclists at the memorial created by my friends Dan Berlant and Stephen Roullier are viewable here.

And if you’re in the mood for some timelapsed video of the the whole bike commute you can watch that unfold from the perspective of my handlebarcam over here on YouTube.

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