A little while back, had a chance to drop by the Getty while on a quick visit to LA. The first time I visited the Getty Villa, I fell in love with the place and the collection. On this trip, I had wanted to go again and take Khaled but because the city was hosting a marathon, and because so many of the streets were closed or rerouted, we missed our appointment to visit the villa. Disappointed, we decided to see if we could go to the Getty Center instead which turned out to be the highlight of our trip. This place is special with most spectacular modern buildings that sit beautifully among their surroundings: natural mountains and groomed gardens. You arrive at the center’s parking area where you drop off your car and head to a little tram that takes you up the mountain where the museum sits. Even though I loved the collections housed there, the space is what I was enamored with. So here I’ve primarily focused on capturing architecture and gardens.
I LOVE this building! I caught myself continuously looking at it from wherever spot we happened to be at in the gardens.
And inside — equally unique and mesmerizing.
The grounds have most magnificent set of outdoors sculptures of which many are super large and have definitely shaped the outdoors space.
The architecture is amazing and what’s equally wonderful are the gardens with a most unusual landscaping. It’s partly quirky, partly magical like out of a fantasy book, and partly modern and innovative.
I love what they’ve done with these climbing trees with a new take on the structure that supports them. It gives them a fresh image. You’d never look at those common vines the same way again.
We meandered for a long time and sat in different little spots for a long time too. There were plenty of places for us to relax.
Visiting here in spring time was awesome. So much was in bloom and the place was exploding with color (and aromas).
And as you exit the museum grounds you’re leaving behind a statue of a boy holding a frog!