Since 1905, The Ocean Front Walk (Boardwalk) in Venice has provided humble merriment for the environment. Many describe it as a proverbial “Circus By The Sea.” Stretching from Rose Avenue (once the former site of the famed Pacific Ocean Park 1958-1967) to Windward Avenue. This ever-changing beachfront community provides a playground for the people. It's a place where the vital street culture not only survives but flourishes as well. Popularly regarded as the most pedestrian “Free of Charge” 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 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 that reflects as a historic reminder of the longevity of worldly amusement areas today.
This panorama is permanently exhibited at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, New Venice Post Office, and the Venice Alehouse.