There they are. This morning, two new large, fancy chickens painted onto the wall where the original Aaron Donovan mural asserted itself so memorably. (Pieces of that mural are on display inside Chango Coffeehouse, whose owners demolished it to make the picture window that offers a view of the construction for the new condos at Chicken Corner). Graffiti art style mixed with something a bit less mannered and more fanciful, even if it does suggest cock fighting. It was painted last night.
So, if the first morning that these two new chickens bask in sunlight happens to coincide with the "groundbreaking" ceremony (from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) for the condos? The ceremony wasn't much to spectate (which I did from a distance): a blue tent -- market vendor sized -- and some suits and skirts. One of the suits may have clothed Eric Garcetti. But I couldn't tell for sure because I didn't have binoculars. The timing of the mural's appearance is probably a coincidence. Gordy Grundy of Artillery magazine (which is based in Echo Park) emailed me that the new chicken artists live in the Del Mor Apartments, above Chango.
Chicken corner has a new mural and it's sensational. The artists are Billie Stone and her husband. ... He's from Ohio (?). She's from Australia. They live in that building. Six (?) months ago, they had a show at Han Cholo (next to El Batey). Beautifully done and wildly humorous stuff, like a kite painted with a portrait of Tupac. When I walked my pup yesterday at 4 p.m., that wall was empty. I cant believe how fast and well it was done.
Chicken Corner emailed the artists to ask if they had ever heard of the Angeles Group, which is "developing" the condos across the street from the bright, lovely new mural. Haven't heard back yet.