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'66 Becomes '96

December 15, 1996

In 1966, L. A. artist-in-residence Ed Ruscha snapped pictures of every building on the Sunset Strip and reassembled them, in order, into a book titled "Every Building on the Sunset Strip," a work that unfolds accordion style to about 26 feet. Thirty years later, we picked two blocks in Ruscha's opus, between Hilldale Avenue and Larrabee Street, and gave them the same treatment. The changes in the intervening decades show that the Strip, like so much of Los Angeles, thrives on the impulse to reinvent itself.

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