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Street art: Grazing deer in downtown L.A.?

Papier-mache deer graze in downtown L.A.
If life-size "sunbathers" could stop passersby in their tracks, how about deer?

A group of papier-mache deer are gracing the greenery by 4th and Hill streets in downtown L.A., as if calmly enjoying a patch of their natural habitat in the shadows of the cityscape. 

This art installation mysteriously appeared a week after a papier-mache family in beach attire drew attention to an empty lot in downtown Los Angeles. Many people rushing to the nearby courthouse or Metro station stopped their cellphone conversations to snap pictures of the realistic sunbathers until the artwork was removed Wednesday.

The two artists who installed the sunbathers told The Times last week that they were pleased with the public's reactions — and may even have plans for other "loosely abandoned" parcels around town. Calder Greenwood, 32, a New York native working in Los Angeles as a multimedia artist, said their intent with the sunbathers was to get people to stop and think about otherwise invisible spaces.

Greenwood did not take credit for the latest guerrilla art piece. The L.A. Weekly noted that, once again, the location is a deserted lot in the city, making the deer "a lovely comment on downtown's permanent state of limbo."

For now, it looks like herbivores are joining the downtown scene.

Do you have a favorite piece of Los Angeles street art? Or did you snap a picture of the grazing papier- mache deer? Tweet it to us using the hashtag #lastreetart or to our @lanow Twitter account.

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-- Rosanna Xia

Twitter.com/@rosannaxia

Photo: Papier-mache deer at 4th and Hill streets. Credit: Stephen Zeigler

 
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