Cruise up Figueroa and eventually you'll come across this 22-foot-tall burly man perched on a rooftop, giant yellow bucket in hand. Oh yeah, and he has the head of an anthropomorphized chicken—wattles, comb, beak and all. Welcome to Highland Park Chicken Boy—affectionately known as "the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles"—started his life atop a Downtown fried chicken shack in the '60s. Like many other Muffler Men at the time, this outdoor ad was fabricated by International Fiberglass in Venice and then chicken-ified by its owner. Chicken Boy was dismantled in 1984 and sent into storage, until art director Amy Inouye revived him atop her Highland Park design studio in 2007.
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Stalwarts of the LA Art community Amy and Stuart have held on to the dream of hanging on to Chicken Boy for decades. It takes persistence to be crazy.
Chicken Boy is fun and groovy, as is the gallery/gift shop he fronts called Future Studio. He stands tall and proud over N. Figueroa St., formerly Route 66, and he's a perfect icon for eclectic, historically arty, family-friendly Highland Park!
An Icon. Old, yet New. Cool, yet Hip. He s reams Highlland Park from atop Future Studios and Gallery.
Chicken Boy is an icon of HIghland Park and Los Angeles, and it could have easily been lost forever if not for the dogged determination of his mom, who saved him from demolition and worked tirelessly to find him a new home.
Maybe the most surprising thing about Chicken Boy is that it hasn't inspired the same cult-like devotion as Silver Lake's Happy Foot Sad Food sign. What's not to love here? It's a chicken-man holding a sort of cannibalistic bucket of presumably chicken. It's a pretty remarkable reminder of just how bizarre the rise of car culture once was in LA.