Most of the day was enjoyed in El Pueblo again, taking time to explore the exhibit and museums. Our first stop was the 1870 Pico House, the first hotel, which was now housing a beautiful exhibit of the Day of the Dead art. "Dia de los Muertos: Sacred Memories" was an exhibit that asks "How do you honor the departed?" and ranged from whimsical to heartbreaking, thoughtful to life changing. Click on the thumb-nailed image below for a beautiful description of the Day of the Dead, its origins and what it means and then take a moment to look at the art...
Above: La Danza by F. E. Young
The body pillow, below, is for Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man" who could not lay down because of the weight of his head. The pillow was created by artist Andrew Salomone so that he could offer Merrick a comforting hug.
Yes, above is an elaborate paper cut, by artist Beatrice Coron.
The thoughtful write-ups that accompanied the works gave them much more meaning, allowing the audience to deeply appreciate the stories being told.
My favorite piece was "Life in the Balance":
We wandered over to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and learned about the history of California's peoples. The little original cemetery rested beside it and then the Church, with a courtyard housing ofrendas, beautiful in their lavish color and sincerity.
Back to the market...
Mom loved the delicate-looking flowers, Birds-of-Paradise?
Dinner at La Golondrina was our best in L.A., I had my first ever chicken mole and Mom enjoyed flaucas with chicken and cheese. Sangrias helped pass the time before heading out to see the procession, along with the cutest Chihuahua in a skeleton suit!