Travel Photo Thursday: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

I was inspired last Friday by a photo essay called “Hollywood Lights,” created by Jade on her travel blog, Vagabond3. Her pictures were all taken with an iPhone app called Instagram that applies different filters to give the photos a cool, retro look. So, when I was at the Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA) this past weekend, I figured it would be a great opportunity to test out the app for myself.

Located at the museum’s North Plaza is “Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads,” a collection of sculptures by Chinese contemporary artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei. Twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac—rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar—sit atop six-foot tall posts, arranged in a circular formation facing inward. His sculptures are interpretations of ones that once adorned the Zodiac Fountain in Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing. The heads all have rather fierce expressions, and I thought the Instagram app made them look especially interesting. The sculptures will be on display at LACMA through February 12, 2012.

This post is my contribution for Travel Photo Thursday. Be sure to check out Budget Travelers Sandbox for more interesting shots by travel bloggers from around the world!














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