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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Certainly Silver Lake

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.



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  1. Maybe the same folks who erected the “English-type” faux phone booth at the Citibank on Glendale (since removed)?

  2. It’s all fun and games until the Santa Ana winds blow it into your car and you don’t know who to sue…

  3. Some basic similarity with the guerilla art flowers on the Fletcher Viaduct footings at Fletcher and Riverside.

  4. This “artist” is in the industry and accumulates items for installations like The Stripper Pole at Parkman. You’re CERTAINLY welcome to try it out. He’s is also responsible for the Viaduct footing work mentioned above and that wheel too. I like art but, not this.

  5. was probably a left over set piece from a verizon commercial. and the art dept. guys thought it would be funny to leave there. jokes on us.

  6. sorry, but everytime I drive past that piece of garbage, I’m really happy I moved away from Silverlake.

  7. At first I heard negatives about the structure. I wondered from whense it came but honestly I am liking it and think it fits SL’s character. And someone did it on their own without seeking $$ from the community.

  8. This thing is horrible. It looks like discarded trash. Why doesn’t the city clean this junk up? Someone call 311.

  9. obviously it isnt attractive.
    but it makes you wonder.
    and that may be the best quality of ‘art’

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