Laguna Beach and Heisler Park
Laguna Beach is great in the fall when the crowds have left and the temps drop low enough to enjoy the views. Recently I drove Coast Highway 1 with a friend who was new to the area and hadn't seen this part of the coast before.
The sky was clear with that haze off the ocean that seems to back off as the day goes on, returning at dusk to raise the dew point and mist up the trees. Today was no exception, with gorgeous views and soft coastal breezes.
We got out to stretch our legs at the lovely Heisler Park, situated along the cliff north of town. This has always been the best view of Laguna Beach, and today we were treated to the addition of some fabulous new art pieces by a local couple, Scott and Naomi Schoenherr, who have created a unique and gorgeous series of sculptures and mosaics.
Their use of mixed media includes cast bronze fish, swimming upstream through a pebble swirled eddy. Even the glazed seaweed seems to wave in the current. These scenes are set in the pavement, where children can bend down to touch the texture of each fish and waving seaweed.
Don't you love the way these mosaics seem to flow through their cement stream? They inspire so many ideas for the garden at home and leave me wondering how I could create a similar feel in a space in my garden (with easily found objects, of course). Why not a meandering pebble stream with a few medallions embedded into the cement as well?
This medallion is one little touch that adds so much to the concept.
Even the drinking fountains and buildings are embellished with brightly glazed tile mosaics. It becomes a treasure hunt to find all of these wonderful elements scattered around the park.
This dramatic and huge gear piece sits in a garden setting with its rich green glaze and remarkable fish 'story' seen in the texture of the clay.
As we walked around the park, we came out on a view of Shaws Cove to the north. With classic cliff homes scrambling up the steep hill side, it creates the air of a secret resort.
There are always the cliffs with palms framing our view south as we walk the rim at Heisler Park.