Thursday, February 24, 2011
Traveling Thursdays: Griffith Park & James Dean
James Dean cries out “I’ve got the bullets!” after a young Sal Mineo is shot in “Rebel Without a Cause.” I did this painting back in the 90s, and although the publicity shot that I used as reference material lacks the heartbreaking hysteria of the real scene, I still used it. Memorably enough, I was able to hear one of the original cast members who played a gang member explain Dean’s motivation for this scene as he was looking at my painting in (of all places) Fairmount, Indiana (Dean’s hometown).
Recently, for the first time since before its refurbishment, I visited Griffith Observatory.
The James Dean bust is one of my favorite parts of the area to visit. Sculpted by the late Kenneth Kendall, I believe it is a masterpiece.
You can see the statue in the previous photos in the background of this still for “Rebel Without A Cause.”
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