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    Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy – An Immersive Experience You Don’t Want to Miss

    More than thirty-six years ago, Luna Luna, the world’s first art amusement park, made its debut in 1987 in Hamburg, Germany, for a limited run of only seven weeks. Now, this iconic park has been rediscovered and is currently on display in Los Angeles, drawing crowds eager to experience its whimsical charm.

    Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy offers an immersive journey into the enchanting world of this historic amusement park. Housed in a sprawling 60,000-square-foot warehouse, the exhibit features a stunning collection of life-size amusement art pieces that once dazzled visitors in Hamburg. Guests will witness the fantastical fairground with one-of-a-kind rides and interactive installations by 15 world-renowned artists, including Sonia Delaunay,
    Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Rebecca Horn, and Roy Lichtenstein.

    LUNA LUNA: FORGOTTEN FANTASY – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES
    LUNA LUNA: FORGOTTEN FANTASY – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES
    LUNA LUNA: FORGOTTEN FANTASY – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    The experience begins outside with a replica of Andre Heller’s Dream Station, leading visitors into a dark hallway illuminated by blue lights and a welcome video chronicling Luna Luna’s history. Inside, guests are greeted by a vibrant array of attractions, including Kenny Scharf’s Painted chair swing ride, Arik Brauer Carousel adorned with magical characters like Pferdehand (hand-horse) and Nixe (a mermaid), and Manfred Diex’s Palace of Winds painting, which once housed live performers entertaining patrons with classical music and comedic acts.

    LUNA LUNA: FORGOTTEN FANTASY – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    As visitors explore, they encounter Cirque Berzerk vaudeville characters, such as stilt-walkers, fairies, and jugglers, reminiscent of the live entertainment that animated the original park in 1987.

    In the second room, guests are transported through the original Luna Luna entrance archway into a space filled with historical artifacts and mysteries of the lost art find. Highlights include Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painted Ferris Wheel, a timeline detailing the park’s creation, and a documentary showcasing the original artists at work.

    Noteworthy attractions include Andre Heller’s Wedding Chapel, where visitors can exchange vows in a whimsical ceremony complete with props and a binding Certificate of Marriage. Additionally, Roy Lichtenstein’s Luna Luna labyrinthian pavilion offers an immersive experience with mirrors and video installations.

    LUNA LUNA: FORGOTTEN FANTASY – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

    Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy is a testament to the enduring allure of this iconic amusement park, which was rediscovered after being sealed in 44 shipping containers in Texas. The exhibit runs until the end of March 2024 and is located at 1601 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90023.

    For tickets and more information, visit www.lunaluna.com.

    Hours of operation:

    • Wednesday: 12pm – 8pm
    • Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
    • Friday: 12pm – 10pm
    • Saturday: 10am – 10pm
    • Sunday: 10am – 6pm
    • Monday & Tuesday: Closed

    Ticket Prices:

    • Moon Pass: Weekday $65.00/Weekends $85.00
    • GA Pass: Varies from $30-$47; Kids $20.00
    • Senior/military/student discounted tickets available.
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    Mike Pingel
    Mike Pingelhttp://www.mikepingel.com/
    Mike Pingel has written six books, Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years; Works of Pingel and most recently, Betty White: Rules the World. Pingel owns and runs CharliesAngels.com website and was Farrah Fawcett personal assistant. He also works as an actor and as a freelance publicist. His official website is www.mikepingel.com
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