J. Paul Getty Center

June 24, 2001

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All photos from Cindy's collection except where noted

Index of photos: Architecture ~ Cactus Garden ~ Main Garden ~ Artwork ~ Tram
My good friend Richard and I visited the J. Paul Getty Center when I visited L.A. in June of 2001.  The Center sits on top of a hill overlooking the Los Angeles Basin.  You park your car in the multi-level parking garage at the foot of the hill and then take a tram up the hill.  The view was breath taking, even on the clear, but smoggy day we were there.  There are numerous places both inside and out to sit and reflect on the scenery or artwork or to just rest your feet for a bit.  It was a very enjoyable day indeed.  I will definitely return one of these days!
The architecture of the Getty Center was simply awe inspiring and the views were amazing even though you couldn't see to the ocean because of the smog.
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Richard at the base of the steps leading to the main building
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Outside the main building
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Looking out towards the west and the ocean.
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The trees to the left are over the Stream Sound Garden.
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Cindy in front of the Rock Fountain in the Main Courtyard.
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The Main Courtyard
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One of the Food Terraces
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Inside the main Lobby
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Rock Fountain
photo by Richard
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The Main Courtyard
photo by Richard
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Looking over the gardens
photo by Richard
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Main Building
photo by Richard
Cactus Garden
The cactus garden was on a promontory overlooking the Los Angeles Basin.
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Looking back towards the West Wing
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Downtown L.A. in the distance
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Those strange round lumps are indeed cacti!!
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photo by Richard
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Main Gardens
This is the main garden area at the bottom of the hill.  There was a maze and waterfall and a stream running through the trees, plus a gorgeous flower garden. 
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The Stream Sculpture
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At each turn in the path the water made different sounds
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Strange Tree sculptures
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Close-up of flowers in the Garden
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The Maze Waterfall
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Cindy and her umbrella. There were umbrellas available for whomever wanted ones!
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Richard enjoying the gardens.
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Those strange trees again!
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Looking towards the lawn area.  Please note more umbrella people!!
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Looking at the Garden from above.
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photo by Richard
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Garden flowers
photo by Richard
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Just a small example of the large art collection in the Getty museum.  There are 4 main buildings and a wide selection of art work on display.
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photo by Richard
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We rode a tram up the hill from the parking lot.  It wasn't exactly Disneyland, but it was fun anyway!  The amazing thing is that besides the parking, the rest of the Getty Center is free to the public!
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Tram at the bottom of the hill
photo by Richard
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Tram just arriving at the top of the hill.
photo by Richard
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Going down the steps towards the tram.
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People getting off the tram at the top of the hill.

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