Lost in Translation
MOCA supplies this view of its new Pacific Design Center exhibition, "Folly — The View From Nowhere." It features a folly commissioned from architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena. The Western folly apparently has its origins in Buddhist stupas, reliquary structures with a central pillar connecting heaven and earth. Western architects bastardized the idea, then took it as license to go nuts. Among the results were Margate, New Jersey's still-commercially viable Lucy the Elephant and L.A.'s Randy's Donuts. The show should strike a chord in L.A. architecture circles.