The Windward Circle is all decked out in green for St. Patrick's Day! And the first person I saw today was Venice Irishman, Gary Palmer!
I think the greening was done by Jules Muck (who is never mad at green) and friends, and I think it's great. The Circle is such a centerpiece of town, and it's been dominated for far too long by the off-center dismembered Black Dahlia sculpture by the late (so he won't know it's gone) Robert Graham - that no one I've ever talked to even likes. Certainly not as a representation of Venice. That thing needs to be auctioned off, and the great circle be turned into a real town center. Maybe a little gazebo/band shell in the middle, that our Venice Symphony Orchestra could call home? Maybe a sweet fountain that looks like it has something to do with Venice? Maybe more graffiti walls? Rotating public art installations? I don't know, but it hasn't been used to its full potential yet for sure.
Until today. Today it gave us a bright spot of the spirit of fun that we've always been known for, that gave everyone passing by a smile and a touch of the Irish luck/blarney to start their day.
I'll take that over Lucky Charms or green beer anyday.
Have fun (and if you're going to Brennan's, get going. The line was down the block at 6 am)!