Giraffe is latest renegade art installation in downtown L.A.
Downtown L.A. has a new addition to its recently acquired renegade art collection.
A giant giraffe and two dueling men appeared overnight in an empty lot at the intersection of Alameda and 4th streets, the latest creations of local artist Calder Greenwood and his accomplice, known only as Wild Life.
The duo has placed several papier-mache structures around downtown L.A. in recent months, beginning with a family of sunbathers in an empty lot on Broadway between 1st and 2nd streets. Their resume -- and spotlight -- has since grown considerably: Deer have appeared in untrimmed weeds, a wooden tree near Spring and 2nd streets, a surfer in the Los Angeles River.
Greenwood, a New Yorker who moved to downtown L.A. last fall, told The Times in June his only goal was to get people to notice things they pass every day but never truly see.
"I'm inspired by downtown," he said. "What some see as an eyesore I think is beautiful. It's just getting people to look up and see what's otherwise invisible."
-- Kate Mather
Photo: A giant giraffe and two dueling men -- the latest creations of local artist Calder Greenwood and his accomplice, known as Wild Life -- appeared overnight in an empty lot at the intersection of Alameda and 4th streets. Credit: Stephen Zeigler