What’s with the mermaids at Echo Park’s new gas station? A mermaid depicted on an outdoor mosaic mural gazes out at customers pumping gas. Inside, another mermaid floats over the soda and coffee machines. As the Eastsider reported back in May, the underwater motif for the United Oil station and convenience store at Sunset Boulevard and Portia Street was the idea of owner Jeff Appel, whose chain of service stations are known for taking an artistic and whimsical approach to gas station design.
The mermaids – who float amid elaborate scenes of fish and coral – don’t have names, but the mermaid by the front door is named after Appel’s neice, Chelsea.