While the city plans to spend a $100,000 to build a small plaza and artwork at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, someone else has come up with a far more frugal way to create a neighborhood monument. Earlier this year, the sculpture/monument/? pictured above appeared on a traffic island at Silver Lake Boulevard and Parkman Avenue. It consists of a mirrored base that may have served as some one’s coffee table or retail display and narrow tubes that support discs made out of plastic and wood. The words “CERTAIN” and “CERTAINLY” appear at the base while the top appears to be crowned with a green plastic bucket. What is this? No one seems to know for sure. Silver Lake resident Ara Babaian, who helped transform a similar traffic island across the street into the landscaped Parkman Triangle, said Certainly Silver Lake appears to be a work of guerrilla art.:
At first, it was so ugly that I wanted to call the City of LA to remove it, and now it’s been there for maybe six months, and it just feels part of the landscape — like it’s so bad that it is somehow good. Maybe it’s intended to coincide with the “Art in the Streets” exhibit going on at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown . Who knows? It is right across the street from Parkman Triangle Park, but it feels like it’s from a retro universe.