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Bellevue Reservoir at intake.

Shown above as oriented (here) in Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners of the Domestic Water Works System of the City of Los Angeles, for the Fiscal Year ending November 30, 1902

The explanatory confidence of the prose in these several reports, all bearing the signature of William Mulholland, Superintendent, is breathtaking.

Why?
Reading Beth Gates Warren, her Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles (2011). Thinking of some of Weston’s early geometric compositions, e.g., Ramiel in His Attic, July 1920 (here) and Betty in Her Attic, 1920 (here). Relationships between technical/engineering, and aesthetic, images.
 

19 December 2012
tags: abstraction; infrastructre; Los Angeles; Mulholland, William; water