What’s the Deal With the La Brea Tar Pits?

The La Brea Tar Pits just off Wilshire Boulevard.

As you step outside Los Angeles County Museum the smell hits you. It’s an acrid odor as if a road crew were patching potholes on Wilshire Boulevard. Minutes ago you viewed art by Picasso or Georges Braque. As you walk toward the parking lot, you pass a dark, brackish bubbling lake where three fiberglass mastodons recreate the image of ancient beasts trapped in a lake of tar.

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.