Los Angeles is a city that isn’t meant to exist. Approaching the metropolis by land you pass through desert. It’s dry, hot and arid. The only natural vegetation is that which clings to the sea-facing mountains, fed by mist that burns off as it travels inland. The water that feeds the palm trees and swimming pools—and which extinguishes the annual fires that the city is known for—is pumped hundreds of miles via the Mulholland Aqueduct, a scandalous piece of infrastructure This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Cult Rooms The history—and future—of Luna Luna Park. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Cult Rooms Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is an otherworldly playground designed for celestial gazing. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Cult Rooms The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths rendered gruesome crimes in divine miniatures. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Cult Rooms In the foothills of the Alps, socialism, modernism and manufacturing came together in IVREA, Olivetti's remarkable “company town.” Arts & Culture Issue 41 CULT ROOMS Inside Alexander Calder’s studio, where chaos and kinetic art found a harmonious balance. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Cult Rooms Peter Smisek wallows in the glory of the bathhouse.