• Short Summary

    Motorists speeding along the Golden State Freeway in Glendale, California, catch just a glimpse of a bizarre but burgeoning art form -- giant "cat face" portraits adorning the covers on storm drains near the road.

  • Description

    Motorists speeding along the Golden State Freeway in Glendale, California, catch just a glimpse of a bizarre but burgeoning art form -- giant "cat face" portraits adorning the covers on storm drains near the road.

    What they see is only part of a whole gallery of the paintings. They are painted on the protective covers over the drains which lead into the Los Angeles River.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for maintenance of the drains and the river, at first painted out the cat faces -- giant, usually smiling round heads, signed by the painter. But the phantom artists struck back and the faces were re-painted and more were made.

    No one has ever been caught, and a new attitude by the army may mean no one ever will. Faced with the ingenuity of the "cat artists", the officials now just inspect them, initial them if they are not offensive and leave them alone.

    SYNOPSIS: Motorists along California's Golden State Freeway get a free-- if unusual -- outdoor art show. It is a collection of giant cats' heads painted on the covers of storm drains leading into the Los Angeles River near Glendale. No one knows who paints them, but the phantom artists are so persistent that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initials them and leaves them on permanent display.

    The army is responsible for maintenance of the drains and at first just painted over the faces. But they were re-painted and multiplied... most in bright colours... and no one was ever caught doing it.

    Now workmen clean around the drains, ignoring the giant, grinning faces, which the obviously proud artists signed and dated boldly.

    The painters are not just cat lovers, as proved by this giant love note and head dedicated to some happy couple.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8E76UHOEH9DEGVKQ2JWQZCXQR
    Media URN:
    VLVA8E76UHOEH9DEGVKQ2JWQZCXQR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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