Los Angeles, California: Garden of OzA mosaic tiled and junk art assemblage on a steep neighborhood street; the owner artist has spent decades on it, but it's not open to the public.
- 3106 Ledgewood, Los Angeles, CA
- US Hwy 101, north on N. Beachwood Dr.
- Private property, visible from street.
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On a narrow hillside street, an artist created his intricate backyard art environment of concrete, glass, castoff toys and other junk used in novel ways. He's been working on it for decades.
One catch -- these days it's private, and the gate is locked. However, enough of the assemblage runs along the outer, public edge of the property that it's at least worth a drive-by. Peering through the fence and foliage, you'll catch glimpses of small tiled terraces going up the slope, with statuary and colorful constructions.
We've read that while outsiders are asked to be respectful of the owner's privacy and keep moving, neighborhood children (at least at some time in the past) were issued keys so they could let themselves in to wander at will.
There's a mailbox where you can leave a "Letter to Oz."[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 02/06/2010]