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Sunday, September 25, 2016

What will be found at the bottom of Echo Park Lake? A Bingo game offers some clues

The draining and clean up of Echo Park Lake has many neighborhood residents like illustrator and designer Alice Rutherford wondering what will be found when the lake’s muddy bottom is revealed.  Her fascination inspired Rutherford to ask friends about what objects might be under all that water, and then she spent an afternoon drawing. The result is the  Echo Park Lake Draining Bingo card. Will the water-logged items include a dog leash,  a PBR can or one of those balloons shaped like a hammers?   Rutherford provides more details:

I‘ve joked that I wanted to take bets on what they’d find at the bottom … I hope it’s taken in the spirit it was made–tongue-in-cheek and full of affection for a neighborhood I’ve called home for the better part of the last decade. Full disclosure: I am probably a hipster and definitely responsible for gentrification but I am also really interested in Echo Park’s community and history and love the area very much.

The Eastsider suggested adding a corn on the cob slathered with mayo but Rutherford said she assumed that “most food items (elotes, tacos, pupusas, Two Boots, etc) would have disintegrated or been eaten by turtles/Maria the goose by the time anyone dredged them up…”



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  1. Real treasures (and junk) would have appeared in 1984 w/last draining. Wish I could have sifted through gunk then.

    Would have poss found the Mickey Mouse watch I accidentally dropped off the island in early Sixties, belonged to my sister, sorry sis!

  2. it’s not so much, what will be found at the bottom…

    but rather, how many of each! i suggest there be an over or under raffle with a grand prize and rest of money donated to a local charity!

    good hunting everyone!!

  3. I can guarantee a bocce ball.

  4. Still no sign of the alligator.

  5. hundreds of flamin’ hot cheetos bags…

  6. From the looks of things, a lot of the lake has been already drained and much of the muddy bottom revealed. Are there any reports of what’s been found?

  7. This is hilarious and genius. Where can I buy some? I’ve had such a rough day that I’m shocked you just got me to belly laugh. Thanks @Eli. And whoever said balloon hammers. Love the Eastsider!

  8. I know my camera is somewhere near the boat dock.

  9. Funny and cool! I like how the illustrations look like clip art! Thanks Alice!

  10. I know there is a set of Jaguar Car keys some where on the east side of the lake

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