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Artist's Notebook -- MacArthur Park

July 28, 2009 | 12:00 am


MacArthur Park by Marion Eisenmann, 2008
This is a piece Marion did last year of MacArthur Park, which is only one Red Line stop from downtown, but a world away. On one corner, a 24-hour check-cashing business does a brisk trade in wiring money to Latin America. Vendors on the crowded sidewalk between the Metro station and 7th Street offer shoeshines, wallets, belts, votive candles and all sorts of other merchandise. Sometimes there's a street corner evangelist with a megaphone shouting "Jesucristo es el Señor!" I'll always remember the first time someone tried to sell me "papeles" (immigration papers) on my way to Langer's Deli at 7th and Alvarado, as if I look like I need them. (Note for vegetarians: Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe is half a block away).

Marion says:  I mainly feel attracted to this place because of its variety in colors shapes and other atmospherical reasons. Also, it feels a bit like the pulse of the area, people are gathering around the lake, a green and filthy "paradise," and the surrounding streets connect it with Koreatown, Downtown, Echo Park, and Hollywood.

Note: If you just tuned in, Marion and I are roaming Los Angeles to produce something similar to what Charles Owens and Joe Seewerker did with Nuestro Pueblo in 1938-39. I'll have another sketch by Marion next week. In the meantime, you can contact her here.