Larry Lawrence began life in Los Angeles in the mid-40s. Early on he was that kid who was typically building mixed media villages in the mud, toothpick towers and other less definable constructions. It wasn't long before he discovered that one can find all kinds of interesting project materials in the trash. Sometimes for building, sometimes for blowing all the fuses during show&tell.
He went to Mira Costa High school where he took Science, Agriculture and (unofficially) used the darkroom.
Fascinated by trolleys even as a small child it would seem he was destined for the rails of one kind or another. No big surprise then when in his early teens he discovered that freight trains go to all kinds of cool places – for free! Cool places like the Pacific North West and San Francisco. There he could ride even more rails such as Cable Cars and Trolleys. Trolleys go to trolley-parks and another of Larry's interests, board-walks and all the amusements one finds there.
In the early 60s he jumped a train headed to New York City, eventually settling into a 70 room Hells Kitchen rooming house whos roof connected to the Washinton/Jefferson Hotel and another large rooming house – Party Time! This seemed to necessitate having a 'Pad' so he renovated his 8 x 12 foot top floor room with a view into a Pad complete with loft bed and dial operated lighting and room controls. During that time he held various jobs, Worlds Fair, construction, Cash Register repair.
By the mid 60s, he got back to one of his passions, amusements, and begin making velvet musical carrousels which he sold to department stores. As time went on they became more and more elaborate eventually being turned on a lathe from walnut, elaborately painted and with moving horses and lights. In the mid 70s, he decided to move the studio to San Francisco where he and his partner, Paul Feasel, expanded the line of items into musical Cable Cars, hot air balloons and Profesional Figure automata in addition to carrousels and board walk sceens. Then in the 80s, back to NYC still getting more and more elaborate with boardwalk inspired items. Usually these sold pretty well, but there was an occasional day job such as bike messenger and photo researcher. Came to Woodstock in 1998 and turned 12 Tinker Street into a sort of sculptural project while digging out the basement for a new studio where he's now working on a line of rolling ball machines. (back to tracks).