Venice, California: Binocular Building

Another everyday item turned to oddball architecture by artist Claes Oldenburg.

Address:
330 Main St., Venice, CA
Directions:
I-10 West, exit 4th St, left onto 4th, right onto Pico, left onto Main, just south past Rose on the left.
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Binocular Building

On Main Street, just South of Rose Ave, there is a building with a pair of 30-40 foot binoculars out front. It also serves as the entrance to the underground parking garage. Cars actually drive under the binoculars! The building was designed by Frank Gehry and seems to be some sort of office building. Also nearby is a giant mime/ballerina/hobo statue. Its on the corner of Rose and main. The leg used to kick showgirl style and there used to be a koo-koo-roo under it.

[Todd Schoenbaum, 04/01/2005]

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