Driving around Echo Park, Aerienne asks me, "Do you know about Randyland?" My answer is a definitive "NO," and then, "What is that?" She tells me she found Randyland walking around the neighborhood one day, and we feel out directions since she's not sure exactly where it is.
Randyland is at 1646 Lemoyne St. We park below the towering glass structure, in front of a street mural with "LA", rolling waves, and beams of light radiating from the sun on the horizon. I don't notice at first that the bottles form a Virgen de Guadalupe, but I get there. As I'm taking pictures, Randy comes out to greet me and Aerienne, and is very happy to have visitors.
Randy explains to us that each bottle in the sculpture, named Phantasma Gloria, is actually a lens - the water inside refracts the sunlight passing through. He picks out a yellow bottle near the Virgen's heart, and points out that you can see a tree in it, only backwards and upside down. The Virgen herself is 24 feet tall, and the entire sculpture is 50 feet tall from the street. Randy tells us that the best time of day to visit is around 10am, when the bottles shine sunlight the most brilliantly. Before we leave, he generously gives us each 2 postcards and 2 magnets - one to keep, and one to pass on to someone else.
Randy began building in 2001, and has been working on Phantasma Gloria and Randyland since - you can read more about him and his work in this LA Times article.