With a friend in town visiting for the first time we're on a mission to take in as many of L.A.'s famous landmarks as possible in five days.
So far we've enjoyed the delights of the Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and the infamous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Aside from all the fancy designer stores, you can also find some fantastic sculptures across the road, alongside Santa Monica Boulevard, in the Beverly Gardens Park.
One of my favourites is a bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan, called The Drummer, from 1989-90.
I find the drumming hare (or is it a rabbit?), an extremely captivating and playful piece.
I've highlighted the collection of sculptures on offer in the park before on my blog, but to my dismay discovered that I had a smeary camera lens, so I was delighted to take some more photos of these two interesting pieces.
Hymn of Life
The second sculpture is slightly more controversial and called 'Hymn of Life' by Yayoi Kusuma.
This colourful sculpture of Tulips looks like it could fit equally well into a children's playground as well as an art gallery, which I think was part of the debate when it was first installed along Santa Monica Blvd.
I think it's such a fun sculpture and reminds me of the carnivorous plant creature from The Little Shop of Horrors musical.
Soon I'll also be bringing you some new pictures from The Getty Center, which also has some fabulous sculptures on display.
More Los Angeles delights await, an evening with Liza Minnelli at The Hollywood Bowl, along with a trip up the West Coast...