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June 13, 2004 Photography - The Surreal Mall













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Southern California gave us shopping malls.  The biggest in the world used to be Del Amo Mall down in Torrance, south of the airport.  Times have changed.  The idea spread all over the country.  The biggest mall is now The Mall of American in northern Minnesota.

 

Well, we traded size for surrealism.

 

This is Westside Pavilion at the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Pico – south of UCLA and Beverly Hills, east of the Santa Monica beaches.

 

On the walkway overlooking Westwood Boulevard you can grab some coffee from a kiosk and sit and watch the traffic below in an appropriate chair – the walkway connects the two parts of the mall spanning the boulevard.

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Hey, does your mall have a fencing club for rich movie stars?

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Does you mall offer French lessons for pre-school tykes?

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But the place is a little brutal – as the clock tower looks ominous, and the back terrace has a sort of California Bauhaus nightmare quality (that endless corridor nightmare).  Palms.  Exit.

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