Saturday, July 14, 2012


The historic and beautiful carousel on the Santa Monica, Calif. pier: carved by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, replacing the original (and presumably damaged) Looff merry-go-round dating from the pier's inception of 1917. There are 45 carved wooden horses and other animals, plus one fiberglass Triceratops. This premiere example of the German immigrants' wood-carving artistry has been seen many media, including the Paul Newman/Robert Redford period film "The Sting."
The occasion was fetching bicycle-touring houseguest Noe Vuille, left, nephew of our Swiss friend Olivier Vuille at a recognizable landmark. I chose the unmistakeable Santa Monica carousel, and of course had to go for a ride even though I was already dressed for our attendance at fine artist Marijke koger Dunham's career retrospective that same evening, seen on next blog at LINK.

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