Traffic swirls around a barren and cracked swath of asphalt at the corner where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards meet at Sanborn Avenue in Silver Lake. Here, next to the Jiffy Lube and across from the Circus of Books in Sunset Junction, city officials have proposed building a community monument or what some call an “artistic, permanent installation.” The monument set amid a small plaza would anchor the western end of a $1.5 million project that includes new street trees, patterned crosswalks and bike racks along a three-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Sanborn and Edgecliff Drive (click here for a block-by-block proposal).
The proposal shows the examples of the monument signs plunked into the median strips and sidewalks of other neighborhood, including those for Lincoln Heights and El Sereno. But what should this Silver Lake monument/artistic, permanent installation look like? Should it honor Sunset Junction’s former role as a streetcar rail hub or pioneering gay rights activists? Or maybe it should be a version of Silver Lake’s Five Dollar Guy and his van?
A steering committee of Silver Lake residents is taking suggestions on the monument and other elements of the plan. Contact Mitchell O’Farrell with Council District 13 at [email protected] for details.