The Alex Theater built in 1925 as the “Alexander” but was shortened in 1940 when notable theater architect S. Charles Lee was commissioned to redesign the exterior. Lee designed the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles (the subject of my last photo). It is now a live theater, and shows revivals films. Not to be missed in your tour of classic Los Angeles theaters. Glendale, 2019.
Look! Volcanic formations ascend from the earth, fingers reaching into the sky. Seongsan Ilchubong (a conical mountain on Jeju Island) is dotted with these stalagmitic monoliths, which through the varied processes of volcanic & geological animation (or as I would prefer to say: wizardry) have wrought themselves to loom and contort over the path leading to the mountain's peak. If feels as if one is walking through the bones of a giant, having died some ridiculously time long ago, ribs and all now laid to long rest in this pile, overtaken by moss and mold.
I heard a story about a man who could fold the earth as he walked, pulling the land miles away to the soles of his feet like a magnet, allowing him to walk a year's distance in a day. Perhaps this man jogged in place on Jeju Island, leading to all this the geological humbuggery?
Perhaps not - I heard also another story, this one about a divine giantess said to have created the island of Jeju in folklore. She filled her skirt with dirt from the mainland every day, and brought it to Jeju to form the island. Each time, her skirt would become torn and tattered from the labour, so she would spend the evenings sewing it back together in preparation for the following day. She did this for a very long time, until Jeju was built.
Perhaps it is her skeleton I walked through, her antiquated fingers still reaching for the heavens?