4 Unusual Places to Visit in Culver CityApril 10, 2019
Culver City 100 suggests four pretty peculiar and lesser-known places around town.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
The Museum of Jurassic Technology at 9341 Venice Boulevard in the Palms district of Los Angeles, California, was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson (husband and wife) in 1988.
You’re definitely aware that the Jurassic period and the first thing ever to be considered as technology are millions of years apart. Your confusion will only increase in the museum. You will find close to zero artifacts of the Jurassic period or technology. We told you it was unusual.
The displays evoke a vibe of an 18th century near-creepy cabinet of curiosities. Almost all the exhibits are absurd, surreal and metaphoric. You will probably be confused but will certainly feel a sense of wonder.
The Wende Museum
The Wende Museum of the Cold War is an art museum, historical archive, and educational institution in Culver City, California. It was founded in 2002 by Justinian Jampol and has a collection of more than 100,000 unique objects of visual and material culture from the Soviet Union and the former Eastern Bloc.
This is one of the world’s largest collections of items from the Cold War era, with nearly 100,000. It features secret Eastern spy equipment and the largest stretch of the actual Berlin Wall outside of Germany.
The exhibit of surveillance equipment is fascinating and includes cameras, listening devices, fake passports and even a camera hidden in a pen. The museum installed eleven segments of the original Berlin wall outside of its facilities. It houses uniforms, sanctioned art and a huge collection of Lenin busts.
Center for Land Use Interpretation
The Center for Land Use Interpretation ( CLUI) is a non-profit research and education organization, based in the Westside Palms neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles, in southern California. The CLUI organizes exhibitions, programs, field trips, and maintains an archive and database to engage the public’s understanding of the man-made landscape, and extent and impacts of human interactions with the surface of the earth.
This project demands that we look at the world around us in a new way. The center’s mission is to increase the information about how the lands in the US are utilized and perceived.
The CLUI doesn’t assume neither as a conservation group nor as an industrial developer. Instead, it encourages to explore the range of opinions about the land around us, from the approach that it is something to be protected to the utilitarian view that it must be used to serve us. The center has traveling and permanent exhibits, as well as very enlightening tours to educate communities.
Old Growth (New/Now)
Old Growth (New/Now) is a large scale exterior public art installation by architect and artist Alison Wright. It is located opposite to the Culver City Metro Station.
This art project takes two disused electrical poles and turns them into windows to the past. The installation consists of glass panels with imprinted imagery related to the history of the area. It glows in the dark thanks to solar power.
The poles powered by modern-day technologies help remember the days of the first means of electricity. Some of the images are of the Big Creek Waterfall, an early source of energy in Los Angeles.
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