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Another roadside find along Palmdale blvd. around the el mirage and lake LA vicinity. I think my finger unintentionally touched the focus wheel of my lens while shooting this so i accidentally captured the shack just slightly out of focus but, i think the end result seems to have added a special unique vintage or mysterious quality to image that you can only get from a pleasant photo mistake.

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One of many deserted or abandoned shacks or homes which can be found along the roadsides of el mirage and palmdale road CA.

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More remnants from the failed utopian commune known as Llano Del Rio. These 2 walls look much like a fortress or castle once stood here.

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The most noticeable remains (as seen from California hwy138) of the failed socialist utopian commune of the early 1900’s known as Llano Del Rio.

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When driving to or from Los Angeles via the 101 fwy, one may not help but notice this gargantuan steel structure from off to the side of the road. I have seen it often and wondered what it was so, after a little research, I have discovered it is part of a Los Angeles high school, designed by the Coop Himmelb(l)au architecture firm.
Now, while browsing the web you can find pictures and stories about the entire school, which looks to be a fascinating design of architecture but, from the freeway the photographed pieces which I have captured happens to be only the school’s tower centerpiece.
After seeing this tower, some may not help but think about how awesome it would be to get inside or walk through all that steel however, when researching the functionality of this grande sized art piece, I have come to discover that that, is all it is!
Reading about the cost to build this school, which was nearly triple it’s first estimated cost, and then finding out that this tower strayed from its original idea (to be used as a special events room and could be rented out) and is now also completely unusable with zero functionality, it cannot help but to evoke the thought of “What a waste of potential, taxpayer money, and steel!”
Although I do not mind extravagant art and sculptures at times, especially if an artist is investing their own money into it, but when it happens to be city/county approved and funded with citizens tax dollars (while many know or have heard of all those school district budget cuts, debts, teacher layoffs, etc.) I cannot help but feel that this visually stunning architectural work here is just a bit of showy arrogance and a failure of truly good functional architecture.
If I am wrong in thinking this, I would love to have some light shed on what I believe to be just ostentatious design and wasted space.
I must admit, it does make a nice and interesting picture though!