The Gargoyles of the Natural History Museum Have a New View


A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of looking down while walking so you don’t miss tiny sidewalk details like vault lamps. This week, I’m all about looking up. You never know what you might be missing far above your field of vision. While strolling the new Nature Gardens of the Natural History Museum, I felt like I was being watched. My eyes slowly traveled up to discover dozens of men staring down at me from high atop the museum. No, they weren’t construction workers—they were terra-cotta gargoyles along the roofline, which had always been part of the historic Beaux Arts building (and which now, fittingly, houses the Age of Mammals exhibition). I’d walked here so many times and never noticed the human forms looking back at me. Perhaps it took the framing of a lush native garden for me to truly see what was always there above. I’m sure that these guys appreciate the greener view.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.