Ed Ruscha meets Google Earth

Parking lots from Space.

Ed Ruscha’s parking lot shots belong to my favourite photographies for quite some time now. These „simple patterns that remind me of where I am or where I’ve come from“ (Ruscha) were published in his 1967 book „Thirty-four Parking Lots in Los Angeles“. Taken from a helicopter on a Sunday morning, they show linear parking simplicity as well as elaborate parking systems around the Dodgers Stadium.

Ruscha locations today

Forty years later, quality L.A. aerial photography is available easily and for free — thank you, Internet. I have put together a tour of most of the locations with links to Ruscha pictures at Yancey Richardson Gallery. The medium of choice is of course Google Earth: Here is the Google Earth placemark folder for the Ruscha tour. Download and use the Play button for a virtual helicopter flight. Unfortunately, you need a broadband connection, Windows and a fast computer for Google Earth, so for all the others here a links to Google Maps pages and the corresponding pictures.

Pierce College, Woodland Hills (Ruscha #26)
Pierce College, Woodland Hills (Ruscha #27)
Canoga Park (Ruscha #12)
5500 Canoga, Woodland Hills (Ruscha #17)
7101 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys (Ruscha #20)
7133 Kester Ave., Van Nuys (Ruscha #8)
Church of Christ, 14655 Sherman Way (Ruscha #21)
14601 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (Ruscha #19)
14425 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (Ruscha #6)
14400 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (Ruscha #14)
Federal, County & Police Building lots, Van Nuys (Ruscha #29)
6150 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood (Ruscha #7)
Bellingham & Hamlin, North Hollywood (Ruscha #11)
6610 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood (Ruscha #9)
2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank (Ruscha #2, #3)
Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks (Ruscha #24)
Universal Studios (Ruscha #18)
Hollywood Bowl (Ruscha #4)
Wilshire Blvd. & Santa Monica Blvd. (Ruscha #30)
Century City (Ruscha #22, #23)
6201 W. 3rd St. (Ruscha #16)
6067 Wilshire Blvd. (Ruscha #25)
5600-5700 Blocks of Wilshire Blvd. (Ruscha #28)
5000 W. Carling Way (Ruscha #5)
4465 Wilshire Blvd. (Ruscha #15)
5th & Hill (Ruscha #1)
Dodgers Stadium (Ruscha #13)

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