Purple Reign: Celebrating the Color of the Year in Los Angeles

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Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, has announced the Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant OrchidIn the Color of the Year press release, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, said, “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society...Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Los Angeles has plenty of purple power, from the Metro Purple Line to the historic studio where Prince recorded songs for Purple Rain. Read on to see where purple reigns in L.A.

Purple Rain - Sunset Sound

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Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution is the Grammy- and Oscar-winning soundtrack album to the 1984 hit film, Purple Rain. Released in June 1984, Purple Rain is consistently ranked as one of the best albums in music history. Take Me With U, The Beautiful Ones, When Doves Cry and the string section of Purple Rain were recorded at Studio 3 of Sunset Sound, located at 6650 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Founded in 1962 by Walt Disney’s Director of Recording, Tutti Camarata, the historic music facility has recorded everything from the audio for Disney’s Bambi and Mary Poppins to landmark albums such as Exile on Main St., Pet Sounds, Smile, and Led Zeppelin II and IV.

Metro Purple Line

Metro Purple Line at Union Station | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The Purple Line is one of six lines on the Metro Rail system, operated by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro). The Purple Line begins at Union Station in Downtown L.A. and terminates at Wilshire/Western in Koreatown. Along with the Red Line, the Purple Line is one of L.A.’s two subway lines, servicing districts such as the Civic Center, Pershing Square (near the Historic Core), the Financial District, Pico-Union and Westlake.

Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers, Facebook

The famous purple and gold uniforms of the Los Angeles Lakers made their debut when the team began playing their home games at The Forum in 1967. Purple was the favorite color of the Lakers’ then-owner, Jack Kent Cooke, who changed the color scheme when he bought the team and moved them from Minneapolis to L.A. For some reason, Cooke always referred to the Lakers’ purple as “blue,” so Hall of Fame broadcaster, Chick Hearn coined the phrase “Forum Blue and Gold” to describe the team’s home uniforms. The purple away jerseys have remained consistent through the years, while the home gold has gone through numerous changes.

Gem & Mineral Hall - Natural History Museum

Quartz amethyst scepters | Photo courtesy of the Gem & Mineral Council of the NHM, Facebook

The Gem and Mineral Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is one of the finest exhibits of its kind in the world. You’ll find every shade of purple as you explore over 2,000 spectacular specimens on display, which are only a fraction of the more than 150,000 specimens in the museum’s collection, considered the most significant in the country west of the Smithsonian.

Elizabeth Taylor - Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Elizabeth Taylor at Madame Tussauds Hollywood | Photo courtesy of Loren Javier, Flickr

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the world’s greatest movie stars, renowned for her acting, beauty and glamour. Taylor’s legendary violet eyes are showcased at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, where she is immortalized as the title character from Cleopatra. The epic 1963 film is one of the most expensive films ever made, and despite mixed reviews, received nine Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), and won four Oscars. During filming, Taylor met Richard Burton, and they began one of the most turbulent love affairs in Hollywood history.

Camellias - Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Camellia sasanqua 'Brilliancy' | Photo courtesy of The Huntington Library, Facebook

Located on 207 acres in San Marino, The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens features a world-renowned rare book collection, art galleries, and more than a dozen specialized gardens arranged within a 120-acre landscape of rolling lawns. The Huntington is home to one of North America’s most comprehensive collections of camellias, featuring nearly 80 different species on display throughout the grounds. The long-blooming camellia season at The Huntington gets under way in late fall and continues through February and March.