Monday, April 14, 2008

LA River Cats

photo courtesy of CL Photo

As a kid in the late 70’s, I always looked forward to driving by the LA river in my dad’s brown Oldsmobile and getting a glimpse of the cat faces painted on the water drainage covers. The cat faces were always a signifier to me that we were almost home.

As an adult while traveling the Interstate 5 N. bound (somewhere between the Los Feliz exit and the 134 interchange) I noticed that the cat faces were no longer visible. I wondered if they still even existed. To my surprise many have been painted over and some have mysteriously reappeared in a more modern graffiti style. The Cat faces are fascinating to me and are an example of a collective of random and anonymous individuals working in a sort of spontaneous artistic collaboration that has created what I consider to be great American folk art. ~Adam

cats in 1980

After the "clean up"

Photos By Craig Endler (except where noted)
He also wrote a nice article about his involvement with the cat faces

More photos of the LA river

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PearsonMaron is a collaboration between artists Quincy Pearson and Adam Maron. We specialize in monster magnets, unique knobs made from recycled metal, and lots of other interesting kitschy stuff. We are married and live in Southern California with our daughter and three mean cats.