Friday, September 13, 2013

exxopolis and downtown los angeles

photo credit: @grandpark_LA

Exxopolis is a sculpture people enter to be immersed in radiant light and colour. Since 1992 Architects of Air's luminaria have enchanted over 2 million visitors in 38 counties around the world.

Exxopolis takes its inspiration from natural geometry and Islamic architecture. The principal dome - the CUPOLA - was inspire by the circular space of the Chapter House of Southwell Minister. Its windows are designed to create a 'stain glass' effect using the Penrose  tilling discovered by mathematician and physicist Roger Penrose.

The luminosity of light and colour inside exxopolis is created purely by the light shining through the coloured plastic. All the individual places have been cut and glued together by hand in our workshop in Nottingham England.

me inside exxopolis 

enter and be amazed...

Exxopolis was absolutely amazing, the colors that we photographed were out of this world. Being inside was space like, something unique and completely out of this world. My mom and I really enjoyed being at this location. We didn't have reservations, but a small 15 minute wait in line guaranteed us stand by tickets.

Have to give a shout out to Grand Park LA's instagram account @grandpark_la for featuring exxopolis which inspired me to go visit this location. 

MoCa: Museum of Contemporary Art
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


"Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center." 


General Admission: $12
Students with I.D.: $7
Seniors (65+): $7
Children under 12: Free

(if you plan on visiting this location make sure you bring your student ID)

Free Thursday Evenings:
Admission to MOCA Grand Avenue is free every Thursday, 5–8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo.


MoCA is a really interesting museum, it's a bit on the small side, but for the experience it's a nice way to spend an hour or two. My mom and I had a fun time here, critiquing the art (she's not a big fan of modern art). Unfortunately only their permanent collection was open on the day we went. If you're expecting a big fancy museum, this might not be the spot for you. 

Tickets can be purchased for same-day admission at the box office at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. 

The Geffen Contemporary at MoCA:
152 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90012
213 - 626- 6222

Geffen Contemporary 

"A former police car warehouse in Little Tokyo renovated by the noted California architect Frank O. Gehry, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (formerly The Temporary Contemporary) opened in 1983. This location offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and a branch of the MOCA Store."

The Geffen Contemporary is an extension of MoCa, and I love modern art just as much as the next person but the this place was not to my liking at all. They did have a rather interesting architect exhibition, but to be quiet honest it failed to grab my attention. If you are interested in architecture, I do recommend going to the Geffen Contemporary Extension. 

Geffen Contemporary at MoCA

Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral 
555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90012

Our Lady Of Angeles Cathedral 

"Standing in the midst of downtown Los Angeles, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels serves the total Archdiocese of over 5 million Catholics. As the heart of all 287 Parish Churches and communities, it is the place where the Archbishop celebrates the major Liturgies of the year with clergy, religious and laity. 

Our Lady of Angels Cathedral 

The Cathedral serves as a "model Church for all Parish Churches" in the style and content of its liturgical celebrations. In design, art and furnishings, the Cathedral is rich in cultural diversity in a city in which Sunday Mass is celebrated in 42 different languages. In these first nine years, the Cathedral has welcomed countless pilgrims and visitors. Thank you for being a part of the Cathedral's success story!"

This cathedral is breathtaking from top to bottom. It was quiet relaxing and tranquil being inside the cathedral with no one there at all. It was a beautiful feeling sitting there in an empty pew, listening to the organist practice for the Sunday mass. I recommend this locations for catholics and non catholics alike. 

Overall, it was a great exeperience coming out to Downtown Los Angeles again. It's been a favorite spot of mine ever since i first came out here. There's always so much to do. I've done some other adventure out here before and there is always new things to discover and explore 

Walt Disney Concert Hall 

LAPD Headquarters 
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