Friday, January 30, 2009

Effulgence of the North: Storefront Arctic Panorama in Los Angeles

Artist Sara Velas reclaimed a West Adams theater for the construction of an arctic panorama in the style of the grand 19th century panoramic rotundas.

Paolo, our man in Genoa, is working on "an exhibition on Albert Smith's ascent of Mont Blanc in 1951 and on the 'Mont Blanc Mania' which followed Smith's London show: it ran for 2000 performances over six years and helped to popularize mountain climbing in mid-Victorian Britain." This crazy bing bong world. Paolo, our friend through shared blogging, exploring and a love of cured meats, finds this amazing treasure from his computer in Italy and it is 6 miles from my shop.

I had heard of Sara Velas' The Velaslavasay Panorama before and had poked around the website, and I considered a visit to be a top priority but it somehow slipped off my radar. I knew something interesting was happening, but not until Paolo pointed to this video did I realize there is magic occurring in a West Adams storefront. Resistance is futile; they will see me this weekend as I am a sucker for real magic.

Effulgence of the North: An Arctic Panorama on View at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles

The Velaslavasay Panorama website

PS I have saved you a step and looked up the word 'efflugent' - shining forth brilliantly, radiant.