Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract Inspired Artist, Paul Landacre

Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 13, 2009. Native wild cucumber stretches for morning sun. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The extraordinary quality of light in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, combined with steep topography and natural beauty clearly influenced the preeminent 20th Century wood-cut print artist, Paul Landacre. Landacre lived on the hillside for more than 30 years. Landacre's work always seemed to depict the neighborhood as sharply backlit.

In 2006, the City declared Paul Landacre's cabin a Cultural Historic Landmark. The cabin is situated between El Moran and Peru Streets, just above the proposed 16-lot subdivision. Echo Park Historical Society sponsored the landmark application.

This month, we're taking a close-up view of the natural beauty of our neighborhood. All Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract photographs published on the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog, in March 2009, are of plants growing on the 3 large lots destined for destruction, if a developer gains final approval of his proposed subdivision.