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Since 1905, The Ocean Front Walk in Venice has provided humble merriment for the environment. Describe it as a playground for the people this “Circus By The Sea” stretches from Rose Avenue (once the former site of the famed Pacific Ocean Park 1958-1967) to Windward Avenue. This ever-changing beachfront community provides entertainment for all. Its a place where the vital street culture not only survives but flourishes as well. Regarded as the most popular “Free of Charge” pedestrian-amusement in the United States, it remains as a “Monument To Urban Bohemia” and a venue where both the amused and amusement coexist.

Photographed along the ocean’s edge, this mile-long parade of archaic architecture and diversified humanity of the North Venice Beach Boardwalk, renown for its scenery and legendary appeal was originally recorded on film as a panorama by Richard Mann in 1979 and digitally assembled by David Hill as a 60 exposure multi-image sequential compilation. Depicted as a metaphoric multi-lifestyle paradise, it has served as a local national and international iconic symbol reflecting a historic reminder of the longevity of worldly amusement areas today.

This historic imagery was digitally scanned, compiled and graphically assembled by David Hill at: dhgraphic@aol.com.

The prototype for this art is permanently exhibited at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library.

Due to low-resolution restrictions for posting at this website this image is at a lesser quality. For a higher-resolution and a more accurate version for viewing, please forward an email to: rvmann@gmail.com and refer to the North Venice Beach "Boardwalk Panorama"

"North Venice Beach Boardwalk"

             Circa 1979
"North Venice Beach Boardwalk"

Circa 1979