It’s not every day that most of us visit a deceased loved one, but the fact that Forest Lawn Glendale has created a destination around that experience is quite intriguing. Equipped with replica statue of David, a labyrinth, America’s largest painting and many more “attractions,” it is what I’ve always considered the Disneyland of Death, so it is fitting that Michael Jackson will be buried in this Forest Lawn on Thursday.
Forest Lawn, as a cultural artifact, has an interesting history; of a visionary man seeing his wildest dream come to life. Reuben Nakian’s contemporary art show in the museum is worth seeing in relation to that idea.
Up the winding road from the cemetery, is a small, cool room in the museum where you can find refuge from the sweltering heat, and take in a show of bronze sculptures and works on paper by the artist.