Some of Los Angeles’ most important landmarks lit up in honor of Jonathan Gold on Saturday, in celebration of what would have been the writer’s 58th birthday. The beloved LA Times critic died suddenly on July 21 from pancreatic cancer, and the food world — and much of the city — is reeling from the loss. Here are some photos from the touching tribute.
The iconic ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier illuminated in the Gold’s famous silhouette:
The usually colorful pylons outside LAX turned gold:
Today, #LAX is proud to join the @MayorOfLA as buildings throughout LA, including City Hall, are lit in gold on what would have been @latimes Food Critic Jonathan Gold’s 58th birthday. Our pylons will flow gold in his honor. #JonathanGold pic.twitter.com/kraJLQEc3n— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) July 29, 2018
The United Artists Theater in Downtown offered its own memorial to Gold on its marquee:
Perhaps most notably, City Hall was lit gold in his honor:
As was the US Bank Tower building:
Nearby, the Broad’s porous facade was stunning in a golden hue:
The Wilshire Grand center sported a gold backbone:
Union Station was proudly emblazoned gold:
And of course, the new El Segundo home of Jonathan Gold’s own LA Times paid tribute to their beloved critic, silhouette, gold glimmer, and all:
Landmarks all across Los Angles glowed gold last night, in honor of our late Jonathan Gold, who would've celebrated his 58th Birthday yesterday. Our photographers documented the shimmering city, aglow with love for its beloved son. #LAGold : @jaylclendenin pic.twitter.com/tpNo6Mv12p— L.A. Times Photos (@latimesphotos) July 29, 2018
While the lights may now be turned off, a ten-foot-tall mural to the man still stands in Santa Monica.