GLASSELL PARK — A mysterious and somewhat beleaguered Eastside landmark is about to be immortalized as an album title as Australian songwriter Jordie Lane releases his first album in five years, according to Noise11. The title: Glassellland.
With that distinctive spelling, this could only refer to the Glassellland sign in Glassell Park. The sign has been changing locations ever since it first appeared by the southbound 2 Freeway at Verdugo Road in 2013.
The sign, now located above the playing fields of the Glassell Park Recreation Center, happens to sit around the corner from the studio where Lane recording the album. Lane told Noise11:
“It was this ironic take on the original HOLLYWOODLAND sign. Instantly it became the symbol for the album before we’d even started writing. It was like a visual mantra that said: ‘Your dreams are endless!’ But the difference was it was not all glossy and fake Hollywood. It was a mundane, regular working class, real, gritty, neighborhood.”
— Jordie Lane
The sign is the work of artist Justin Stadel, who was granted city permission last year to install the sign after it was removed several previous times for being installed without the required permits.
Lane’s album is due for release next month in Australia and New Zealand. For Aussies unfamiliar with Glassellland, Lane’s website includes a pronunciation guide: “Glas-Sell-Land”
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