One of the most photographed and playful sights in Elysian Park is a 28-foot high sculpture that includes everything from a bright orange ladder and post-modern weather vane to a palm tree and concrete arm chairs positioned to take in the view of Dodger Stadium and the downtown skyline. But upon closer inspection, the Frank E Glass and Grace Simons Memorial is not such a pretty sight. Vandals have tagged and scratched the metal pieces set atop concrete columns. Visitors who arrive at the hilltop memorial, dedicated to an Echo Park couple devoted to preserving the park, are often greeted with shards of broken beer bottles and other debris. The monument, however, may soon get a long over due overhaul. On Wednesday, the city’s Recreation and Parks commissioners will consider spending $28,700 to repair the 17-year-old memorial.
The repair job – which includes dismantling the memorial, removing rust and graffiti and applying multiple layers of new paint – will be conducted by the same artist who created the memorial, Echo Park sculptor Peter Shire, according to a Recreation and Parks department staff report. Money to pay for the project will come from a fund established by private donors and held in trust by the department of Recreation and Parks.
The repairs won’t keep taggers and vandals away but will make it easier to clean up the mess they leave behind.
* Update on Wednesday, March 23: The Recreation and Parks board commissioners voted unanimously to repair the sculpture.