More Rain Forecast to Drench Southern California Starting Friday — KTLA

After a short break in a series of storms, steady showers are returning to California on Friday before sunny skies emerge next week. A cold front from the Pacific Northwest is rolling through slower than predicted, bringing the strongest showers to Northern California by the evening while more moderate rain will sprinkle Southern California…

via More Rain Forecast to Drench Southern California Starting Friday — KTLA

L.A. City Attorney Warns Online Shoppers About Holiday Puppy Scams — KTLA

If you’re looking to purchase a puppy this holiday season, beware of scammers who are trying to take your money — and simultaneously break your heart, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office warned Thursday. Dogs up for adoption by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services are seen in a photo released on Dec. 5…

via L.A. City Attorney Warns Online Shoppers About Holiday Puppy Scams — KTLA

Company offers device aimed at stopping ‘porch pirates’ — fox5sandiego.com

FREDERICK, Colo. (KDVR) — A Colorado company says it has finally found a way to beat “porch pirates.” It’s that time of year when Amazon, UPS and FedEx are regular visitors at your home. With millions of packages expected to arrive on doorsteps this week following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, here comes the porch pirate…

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How Christmas Trees Became a Holiday Tradition — TIME

The Christmas tree that was lit up at New York City’s Rockefeller Center on Wednesday night — a 77-foot, 12-ton Norway Spruce — and the one lit up at the White House on Thursday night may be unusually large, but in other respects they will be merely two in countless trees bought this month…

via How Christmas Trees Became a Holiday Tradition — TIME

High-Flying Dolphins Delight Passengers on Whale-Watching Cruise in Newport Beach — KTLA

A group of people out on a whale watching excursion off the coast of Newport Beach were treated to an impressive display Tuesday — a stunning stampede of dolphins. Bottlenose dolphin jump beside a whale watching vessel on Dec. 5, 2019. (Credit: Chelsea Mayer) Video from a Davey’s Locker Whale Watching boat…

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Indigenous Inhabitants

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One of my favorite places to spend the holidays is Newport Beach, where I love to study and photograph the “brutalist” architecture of Newport Center.

In 1967, artist Tom Van Sant created a series he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured the region’s wildlife (some which are extinct now) in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving.  The art can be found incorporated into the headquarters building of the Irvine Company, located in Newport Center.

Tom Van Sant’s work was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.

Can you name other works by Van Sant that can be found at Newport Center?

Photograph by Daniel Stiel