Think Clean, Go Clean ECO Art Contest & Festival took place August 27 in Carson. Presented by JPy Magazine and sponsored by South Coast Air Quality Management District. Chicken in the Clouds won first place.
“Much of my work conceptually deals with the environment and with air and water in particular. Our collaborative piece "Chicken in the Clouds" plays with the concept of looking up at the sky seeing animal forms in the clouds as we did as children and with the story of Chicken Little--"the sky is falling," a fallacy--Disney's rendition--the sky really is falling. Our rendition takes it a step further--the chicken is part of the sky as are we when we breathe it and drink the water that comes from it. We can clean it up--be carried along by it and be part of the air or we have no support--no being at all. (Plus which the medium is re-purposed packing material.)
Amy Inouye has a strong chicken icon connection since through herculean efforts she rescued the Chicken Boy statue from a chicken restaurant demolition downtown and installed it on the roof of her Future Studio Gallery in Highland Park. Her chicken head on "Chicken in the Clouds" is not only made from an afghan that her mother began but its supporting basket was left at her gallery by a homeless man who collects bottles to recycle for survival.
Danielle's sounds of rain, thunder and music greatly enhanced the power and effectiveness of the message that air, water and we are not only interdependent but are one.”
It was the 66th Annual NE LA Holiday Parade today (Dec. 5), and we got invited to ride along. It was great fun waving, peace-signing, LA-signing, and flapping our wings. Thanks Stuart, Richard, our driver Jesus, and TK who shot this photo. Happy Holidays Highland Park!
A quick trip to Sacramento for a fun award ceremony at the Leland Stanford Mansion Friday afternoon. Eleven awards were given (we got a certificate signed by Arnold), presented by Wayne Donaldson (State Historic Preservation Officer) and Ruth Coleman, Director of California State Parks. After we got a special tour of the mansion. While we were gone, we missed a call from Channel 4 News and Channel 7 News who both ended up running stories about CB on the evening local news. We're trying to get a link...
That's the governor of California, as in Mr Schwarzenegger. And Chicken Boy won one, which we find unbelievable, funny, and humbling. We're heading to Sacramento on Nov. 19 for the awards ceremony. Watch this space.
Nine outstanding preservation projects and two individuals who have made a significant contribution over time in historic preservation endeavors have been chosen to receive a 2010 Governor's Historic Preservation Award. Recipients will be honored at a ceremony to be held in mid-November.
Amy Inouye and the Chicken Boy Team for Chicken Boy, Los Angeles
Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission and Department of Community Development for Keeping Time I through III
Homeowners Joe DeMarie & Madeleine Brand for the Bubeshko Apartments, Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources for the SurveyLA Public Participation Program
Fiddletown Preservation Society and Garavaglia Architecture for Rehabilitation of Historic Chinese Structures
Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) for their Documentary of Four Decades of Historic Preservation in San Diego
University of California at Berkeley for the Sather Gate and Sather Tower Restorations
Charles Krug Winery for the Restoration and Renovation of 1872 Redwood Cellar and 1881 Carriage House
California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation for the Restoration of Sierra #3, the “Movie Star” Locomotive, Jamestown
Chris Brewer for his Many and Varied Contributions to California Historic Preservation
Lorie Garcia for her Part in Investigating, Preserving, and Recording the History of the City of Santa Clara
Who doesn’t enjoy a not-chicken taco? Chicken Boy for sure, who, even though he was the spokesmodel for a fried chicken establishment for many years, and believe us, he realizes the irony of that fact, and even though he has a moral and philosophical issue over the consumption of animal protein anyhow, cannot deny the tastiness of a Yuca’s Hut taco, particularly when served by Dora Herrera, who owns the James Beard award-winning Yuca’s (which by the way does not offer any chicken items on the menu) with her mom, Socorro. We like tiny, no frills establishments that treat you nice and make you happy so we visit often (if you’ve ever visited the Chicken Boy Souvenir Stand, you know we mean that; btw, please visit in person or online). While we’re on the subject of not-chicken tacos, we think that tacos should be the official cuisine of Los Angeles. Within walking distance of Chicken Boy, we enjoy a plethora of tacos, including potato and tofu variations, not to even mention the sopes, huaraches, tortas, and cemitas. A short ride gets you kimchi fusion variations. Peckish?