Places to Visit: La Culebra
March 7, 2010 § 4 Comments
This past week, my friend Ramon Martinez and I were scoping out an upcoming bike ride. We picked up lunch at Galco’s and sat and ate at La Tierra de la Culebra – Spanish for the Land of the Cobra. La Culebra is a small park located at 240 S. Avenue 57, Highland Park 90042.
La Culebra was built in the mid-1990’s by Arts Corps L.A. It was formerly a derelict vacant lot. Artist Tricia Ward worked with the community to clear trash and weeds at the site and to create a mosaic/sculpture of a giant serpent that weaves its way around the park. Arts Corps L.A. worked with the city of Los Angeles to acquire the site, which is now a city park, though managed by Arts Corps L.A.
Here’s a photo tour from the head of the culebra to its tail:
With all of the recent rains, the place is looking very green. There are lots of trees – oak, olive, and quite a few I couldn’t easily identify – creating a diversely colored and textured canopy over the site. The trees are growing in well, compared to when I last visited the site 7-8 years ago. It gives the overall impression of the ruins of a Mayan temple being overtaken by the growth of the plants of the rainforest.
There’s a relatively new coffee shop, called Ghetto Grounds, that operates next to the site, so you can grab a cup of coffee and sit and contemplate the Tierra de la Culebra.