We still don’t know where the moose and flying squirrel jetted off to, but a Sunset Strip mosaic and sculpture are staying put.
The Townscape Partners mixed-use project proposed for 8150 Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights has stirred controversy, in part because it will entail demolition of a Chase bank building that some consider historic.
WeHo resident Alison Martino, who publishes the Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook, was more concerned about what the development could mean for a colorful 1960 glass mosaic inside the bank (“Spatial Kaleidoscope” by French artist Roger Darricarrerre) and for the sculpture (“The Family” by David Green that was commissioned by Lytton Savings) outside the building.
But Brian Lewis, a lobbyist with Marathon Communications, which represents Townscape, said that both the statue and the mosaic will be preserved and incorporated into the new project. That will surely come as a relief to Vintage Los Angeles’s 140,000 history-loving Facebook followers and to Martino, who reached out to WEHOville.com with concerns about whether the items might face the wrecking ball or get whisked away to destinations unknown.
“It’s upsetting to see the whimsical architecture be removed off the Strip,” said Martino, who’s still mourning the loss of the giant statue of Bullwinkle (Rocky in hand) that was removed last year. Last we heard, DreamWorks had whisked Bullwinkle away for repairs; Martino and WEHOville.com have struck out on getting any more recent news about the big cartoon moose’s whereabouts or future.