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Obelisk tagged

It's easier to see now -- orange-multicolored instead of cement gray against the earthtone background of freshly graded dirt. Louise Steinman emailed that the obelisk honoring Mack Sennett and the earliest movie studios had been tagged, and I drove down to Glendale Boulevard, where the 2 freeway empties into southbound lanes of the street/highway. And, yes, there it was, the monument to silent films, screaming orange, defaced. The obelisk is surrounded by old chipped bricks, a piece of cement stairs to somewhere, the steps painted fading pink, an upended, huge sycamore tree with broken roots in the air, an "emergency exit" door panel laying on its side in the dirt. The irony is that in the background, along walls that are newly visible, is some worthy "graffiti" -- wall art that I wish could be preserved but in all likelihood will be destroyed before the planned condo development opens for business. ... Meanwhile, the obelisk is supposed to move down the street to a new site. But my guess is that it'll go into a box first. Let's hope it's not another Lady of the Lake, crated for decades...or longer...until a passionate individual happens to know about it and push for its release.

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