The Two RV Gypsies
The Getty Center in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, is a campus for the J. Paul Getty Trust founded by oilman J. Paul Getty. The $1.3 billion center, which opened on December 16, 1997 is also well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors' parking garage at the bottom of the hill by a three-car, cable-pulled tram. The center draws 1.3 million visitors annually.
It is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. This branch of the museum specializes in "pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th and 20th-century American and European photographs."
|There is no admission charge! But it did cost $15 for the two RV Gypsies to park their car in a big, crowded parking garage; a seven-story deep underground parking garage with over 1,200 parking spaces. Its roof had an outdoor sculpture garden. An automated three-car, cable-pulled tram took the two RV Gypsies and other passengers between the parking garage at the bottom of the hill and the museum at the top of the hill.
The Center is strategically located on an elevated hill so the panoramic view is awesome and the architecture of the building alone is impressive not to mention its gardens.
There is a restaurant, but visitors can bring their own food and have a picnic. The Getty is about the art and the history of past eras; not the food. This place is huge and it is easy to spend the entire day here and still not see everything.
|Below: View from beside the restaurant|
|Below: A waterfall. Where does the water come from? Keep reading to find out.|
|In the photos below, Karen's sister Ilse is standing there taking a picture of Karen and Lee below. The waterfall shown in the photo above merely appears as a black circle in the photos below.|
|Then the water flows downward and under a small bridge.|
|The water flows under this bridge, and forms a big waterfall into the Central Garden. (see below) Standing on the bridge and looking down, a small flower rested on the raised side of the flowing water bed.|
|The plants and flowers shown below led the two RV Gypsies to the Central Garden.|
|The plant shown below sparkled gold in the sun. If you know what this plant is called, please e-mail the two RV Gypsies.|
|Almost to the Central Garden|
The 134,000-square-foot Central Garden at the Getty Center is the work of artist Robert Irwin. Planning for the garden began in 1992, construction started in 1996, and the garden was completed in December 1997. More than 500 varieties of plant material are used for the Central Garden, but the selection is always changing.
|There is a waterfall in the photos above. The photos below are close-up photos of the same waterfall. These photos were taken from the spot show in the below photo on the left.|
|Sculptures were on display at various points outside the buildings, including on various terraces and balconies.|
|The Inner Courtyard with a big rock waterfall and a long water trough.|
|Looking out from The Inner Courtyard|
|Inside one of the many art museums at the Getty Center.|
|A Cactus Garden is perched on the south of the Getty Center, with West Los Angeles and suburbs in the background.|
|Karen and her sister, Ilse.||A very large pink house far below.|
|Los Angeles and suburbs as seen from the Getty Center|
|A view of Los Angeles looking south from the Getty on an exceptionally clear day. The 405 freeway intersects the view.|
|And now it is time to finish the story on where the water flows from. It begins at the place in the photo on the left below, then flows down this long trough.|
|From the trough it goes down the center hole in the photo below.|
|Then the water drops down to the lower level. And the rest of the waters travels has already been explained and shown above.|
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