Forest Lawn Memorial Park Glendale Reviews
Viewing a Southern California institution at Forest Lawn Oct 23, 2010
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale is famous as the resting place of many celebrities of Hollywood and the entertainment world. (Most recently, Michael Jackson was interred there.) It's been a Southern California attraction for more than 80 years. It is a cemetery, and not only for the famous but for ordinary people, too. But, it's even more than that. Hubert Eaton, the director from 1913 to 1965, had a vision of the cemetery as a park surrounded by great works of art.
To that end, Eaton commissioned reproductions of art works, sculptures, and even whole churches for the memorial park. Forest Lawn can be described, but not easily characterized. Some visitors find it inspiring. Others find it kitschy. Fans come in search of famous graves. Novelist Evelyn Waugh satirized Forest Lawn in The Loved One.
The major original art work on display is The Crucifixion, a huge cyclorama style painting by Polish artist Jan Styka. It was completed in the 1890s, lost for a time, and placed on display at Forest Lawn in 1951.
Other art on view includes a large stained glass window after Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, a reproduction of Michelangelo's David, and a mosaic of John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence painting.
The three chapels on the property are based on English and Scottish churches and are used for funerals and weddings. (Weddings are popular at Forest Lawn.) The vast Great Mausoleum, inspired by the Campo Santo in Genoa, was built in stages between 1917 and the 1930s.
It's an interesting place. Visitors are welcome. Visit Forest Lawn Glendale and see what you think.
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