Sorry, still wrestling with this project, but I feel like I need to wrap it up and get back to blogging ASAP -- not only because I can't miss any more deadlines and expect the producers won't at least take the pinkie from my left hand, but also because I get the feeling that the life is passing me by as I beaver away here in my little room. For instance, there's now a giant chrome-plated Lenin head down the street from us:
It's on La Brea Avenue, across from the defunct Chrysler dealership where we bought our car back in 2007, and stands in a weird crotch-like notch outside a failed Pontiac dealership that's now the Ace Museum.
Naturally, at first I thought the post-Apocalyptic End Times were upon us, and this was simply a flashier version of the Giant Screaming Santa Head from Zardoz.
Naturally, this called for further study, and a quick trip to the Google reveals the installation is entitled "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head" -- no potential lawsuit for false advertising there -- and was sculpted by two Chinese brothers, Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang. Below is a picture of the artists posed beside their creation, just to give a sense of scale:
I still don't know what it means, but on the bright side, it's no longer necessary to travel to all the way to Lenin's Tomb in Red Square in order to get a good look up the Bolshevik leader's nostrils.
Anyway, I guess the lesson here is, All Glory is Fleeting, and the Penis is Evil, but the Head is Shiny.