So says Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson of the artists who have turned the concrete footings of a former street car bridge into pedestals for sculptures and temporary art work. Artists have damaged the footings – located on a hillside behind the Arco gas station at Fletcher and Riverside drives – and previous works have been dismantled and dumped behind the gas station, Edwards said in a post on her Corralitas Red Car Property blog. The most recent project consisting of large red flowers attached to long poles have in many cases toppled to the ground.
The concrete piers may not be much to look at but they are part of a city historic cultural monument and serve as a reminder of the wooden Pacific Electric Red Car bridge or viaduct that swept above the intersection. Edwards in her blog post said the artist need to take responsibility of their work:
I usually support guerrilla art. HOWEVER, if you are going to display art anywhere, take responsibility for it. Clean up the graffiti and be sensitive to the neighbors. Maintain your art. Limit the time the art stays up so neighbors don’t get fed up with it. I usually hear people bitching about guerrilla art, once it’s up for more than one month.