Sunday, December 30, 2007

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway



Above is another sketch from the Palm Springs years that I found with the one I posted yesterday. The iconic Tramway gas station is a city landmark designed by Albert Frey, a swiss architect who worked with Le Corbusier in Paris before moving to the U.S. and is considered the father of the architecture style known as desert modernism. The road going uphill takes you to the base of an aerial tramway that lifts you from the desert valley floor to an alpine mountain station at 8,000 feet in little more than 10 minutes. It's an awesome ride and once at the top you can hike, ski —in the winter time—, or just enjoy the fantastic views of the Coachella Valley. I could try to explain it further but then I thought I'd just show you a graphic I did when I worked at the local newspaper, The Desert Sun, when they replaced the old carts with new ones. Here it is. Click to see it big:
Arriba puedes ver otro dibujo de mis años en Palm Springs que encontré con el que puse ayer. La simbólica Tramway gas station es un edificio singular de la ciudad diseñado por Albert Frey, un arquitecto suizo que trabajó con Le Corbusier en París antes de venir a Estados Unidos y es considerado el padre del estilo arquitectónico conocido como modernismo del desierto. La carretera que sube por la montaña llega hasta la base de un funicular que te lleva desde el valle del desierto de Palm Springs hasta una estación de montaña alpina a más de 2,000 metros de altura en poco más de 10 minutos. Es una atracción fantástica y cuando llegas arriba puedes hacer una excursión, esquiar —si es invierno—, o simplemente disfrutar de las maravillosas vistas del valle de Coachella. Podría intentar dar más explicaciones pero me parece mejor poner un gráfico que hice en el periódico local donde trabajaba entonces, The Desert Sun, con motivo del cambio de las canastas del telésferico por unas nuevas. Aquí está. Haz click para verlo más grande.

4 comments:

  1. I love both these sketches Gabi, especially the second one. And maybe only because of the lovely weiht of that tree in the forgreound against the distant faded mountains. So great to see some work from earlier!
    ronell

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  2. Hola me tope con tu blog y esta excelente. Los dibujos estan espectaculares. Note que escribes las cosas en espanol e ingles solo por eso te admiro mas. En verdad fantastico.

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  3. hola Gabi! Several years ago I took my first solo hike to Mt. San Jacinto. I rode the tram to the top, aclimated for about 1/2 hour and then hiked to the top! It took me about 5 hours to reach the summit and about 3 to come down. I accomplished a great goal that day by doing this on my own. What views!!! I treated myself to a great steak dinner at the resturant at the top of the tram before heading home. These post of your california days are great!

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  4. I hadn't thought about that tram in a long time. I miss mountains!

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