Photography by Feli Chic'Cuisine
As much a park as a museum, located in Brentwood, approximately 25 minutes northwest of Downtown LA, the Getty Center was designed by natural light architect Richard Meier. It is a sanctuary in the sprawl of Los Angeles.
Founded by businessman and collector J Paul Getty, the Getty showcases his personal collection, which saw art as a civilizing force in society, and sought to make it more widely available.
A museum with something for everyone: art, modern design, unique gardens, and spectacular city views. Even better, the admission is free!
The impressive garden
Central Garden, the 12,400 m2 (134,000-square-foot) lies at the heart of the Getty Center, and was created by California artist Robert Irwin. He described his work for the Getty as 'a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art.'
The Getty Center Gardens are as much of an iconic destination as the museum itself.
''Always changing, never twice the same''
The quote "Always changing, never twice the same" is carved into the stone floor, reminding visitors of this living work of art's constantly evolving nature.
Reaching the top
The adventure begins as you ride the white cable operated hovertrain funicular to the hill where the museum building sits proudly, offering a fantastic view over the city of Los Angeles.
Reaching the top, you are lightly touched by the breath of fresh air from the ocean.
A picturesque stream
There is a scenic stream surrounded by trees, crossed by a walkway that leads to a stone waterfall that cascades into a round pool filled with floating azaleas and surrounded by impressive gardens.
As the pathway crosses over a stream, it goes through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza, where bougainvillea climbs between umbrella-like trellises.
A variety of plants
A masterpiece in itself, the garden is home to over 500 varieties of plants and is designed to change with the seasons.
The immaculate white buildings
With the immaculate white travertine buildings and the panoramic views of Los Angeles, the garden creates a campus atmosphere.
The breathtaking views of the Los Angeles city
“Always changing, never twice the same'' - Robert Irwin
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