CLUI & the Getty


The Center for land Use and Interpretation.

The main office/gallery/document library of the CLUI exists one door over from the MJT.

The center documents various loci of interest in the American landscape in a non-opinionated, straight-forward fashion. The center has a few satellite locations and an artist residency in Utah. They host a state by state online database where one might explore documented locations with images and descriptions.

The current exhibition in the space is titled: Texas Oil--Landscape of an Industry, An Ariel tour over the nations petrochemicalscape. And also A smaller exhibit, Elevated Descent-the helipads of downtown Los Angeles.

The exhibitions
consisted of a few perpetually clicking slide projections, informative panels, and a few sitting benches. The Texas oil exhibit flipped through Ariel photographs of various landscapes enabling the acquisition of oil, and/or oil-related manufacturing facilities through out Texas.

The LA helipad exhibit browsed the multitudes of helipads on the tops of Los Angeles buildings (A city code states that any building rising above 75 feet must supply a helipad). The show pamphlet refers to the symbolic shaped helipads as "semaphores for mechanical angels, falling on the city, from above."

The center maintained a bookshop mostly filled with books concerning land uses in the U.S.
I grabbed a book about wasted land in America, a book of old panoramic birds eye lithographs of American cities, their yearly newsletter-The Lay of the Land, and a few pamphlets from their brochure wall by the door on my way out.

The Getty grounds
I walked the Getty Museum insides and and outs and pleasantly departed the auto thickness of the city.