February 5th, 2008

TT BB ergh? by ellonwye

Picture Post: Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

Background: Once upon a time, there was a gentleman named John Ehn. He was proud of his pioneer ancestry and decided to make some art. What he created was a plethora of life-sized statues of pioneers, Native Americans and a few other items. He displayed the finished sculptures at his motel near Burbank Airport, and since he called himself "The Old Trapper", he named his motel The Old Trapper's Lodge.

After he died, his creations were declared a California state cultural landmark but a few years later the motel was going to be razed. So someone made a call to Pierce College (the one I attend) and they were moved to an out-of-the-way piece of land on the campus.

Most people who attend have never even come across the statues or heard that they're there. I had heard of it through a few webpages, and one day last fall Martin and I made a small detour on one of our Saturday errand runs to see them ourselves.

There's more information on the statues on the links above, but here are the pictures that came out the best. Be warned, some of the statues tend to fall into the Uncanny Valley, but they all have an awkward sincerity about them that you only really find in folk art.

Muchlike the Futurliner, this is just another example of the cool stuff you can stumble across all over Los Angeles.

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If anyone in the L.A. area wants to know how to see these on the campus, let me know and I'll tell you how to find them.
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