Thursday, February 23, 2017
We're back at the beach with Steve Stuart (and company) for more Pacific Ocean Park images! As always, Steve has provided some nice commentary to accompany the photos:
MORE PACIFIC OCEAN PARK, June (or July) 1962
One of the signature features of POP was seen just beyond the entrance, past the ticket booths – Neptune’s Courtyard – containing an incredible bronze sculpture of King Neptune, his scepter pointing the way towards Neptune’s Kingdom. He is surrounded by fountains, waterfalls and a specialized water show: Aquatechniques. But magically (or tragically), my dad managed to “stage” the shot so our group completely obliterated the beauty and majesty of King Neptune, himself. Although, he (my dad, that is) ‘happily’ caught a glimpse of the aging St. Regis Apts-Hotel and the Hotel Edmund – finer accommodations would undoubtedly be hard to find. And for the record: My mom; yours truly; Dick; Jeff; Don; Marc; Bill; and my aunt. Here’s a LINK to a shot of the King Neptune’s Fountain, from “Stuff from the Park” where you can actually see its beauty. (Thank you, Patrick)
In this second image we can see the “back side” of the sea-themed entrance and its ticket booths – again, to quote from the magnificent: Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier… “The entrance, known as Neptune’s Courtyard, was distinctly different from the nearby aging shops and hotels. A soaring, stylized 60-foot-high “starfish” arch hovered over the modern designs of the ticket booths, and rising above that were 12-foot-high rotating seahorses, riding water bubbles into the sky”. Again, the framing dismisses the beauty from those gold seahorses and ‘POP’ bubbles. Here too, we can see the sign directing guests to Neptune’s Kingdom.
I can't get enough of P.O.P.! And there's more to come, courtesy of Steve Stuart. Stay tuned!