Aside from being home to the shopping mecca, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills is also home to a variety of interesting sculptures in Beverly Gardens Park.
The park runs right along Santa Monica Blvd, so on my way to my hairdresser on Canon Drive I took a few photos of the eclectic mix of sculptures.
It was a nice relaxing thing to do after having spent 1hr 40mins on the phone with Apple Mac support in the morning trying to sort out our home printer problems.
First up is The Drummer, a fantastic bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan and it can be found on Santa Monica Blvd, between Canon and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills.
Next up is by Yayoi Kusuma and is entitled Hymn of Life: Tulips. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea (I like it), but it's certainly eye-catching and colourful and I think has been there since 2007.
It took an age to find any information about this artwork online, you'd think Beverly Hills would be a bit more proactive when it came to up-to-date tourist information.
You can find the Tulips sculpture at the intersection of Santa Monica and Rodeo Drive.
The next bronze piece in the park is Sitting on a short bench by Magdelana Abakanowicz in 2000. It was paid for by the City of Beverly Hills Public Art Fund.
Finally from the selection of sculpture pictures I took yesterday, this is Hunter and Hounds (or to give it its proper French name Le chasseur et les chiens), by Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemat.
It can be found between Canon and Crescent drive. It obviously fits well with the dog-friendly content of this blog.
For those of you who may be interested in learning more about the sculptures in Beverly Gardens Park or are visiting the area, here's some more information on public art in L.A.
I also took a stroll passed Beverly Hills City Hall, which was built in 1932. This Spanish Renaissance style building was featured prominently in the Beverly Hills Cop movies starring Eddie Murphy (remember when he used to make good films!).
Aside from my haircut I did have other chores in Beverly Hills. For those regular visitors to Jason in Hollywood, they'll know of my on-going battles with HSBC USA, so you'll be pleased to know there is a HSBC branch in Beverly Hills, which will save an awful lot of unnecessary travel to Downtown L.A. I hope.
After some essential purchases on Rodeo Drive (believe me we don't make a habit of it), it was off to the Giuseppe Franco hair salon for a haircut to keep me nice and cool in this hot weather.
As you can see from the poster in the window his star-studded clientele includes Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, amongst other Hollywood celebs, so Jason in Hollywood is in good company.
OK, this Hollywood reporter is off to snap some more great images of L.A. for your delight...