A mysterious statue popped up on Runyon Canyon last month and left many Angelenos with mixed feelings. Now, the artists put out a much larger installation this past weekend.
Runyon Canyon is a popular trail in Los Angeles, especially during the weekends. It’s a typical spot for views and hikes—but many Angelenos were met with surprise when they happened upon a random statue of Jesus Christ and the Devil conjoined at the hip, while one of them holds a chalice.
Some users online were upset by the art piece and even a video went viral of a woman stating the statue was “…offensive.” Others disagreed with her, sharing sentiments of appreciation. One user pointed out that perhaps the sharing of the chalice represents, “Peace on Earth [being] achieved.” It’s said that art evokes emotion, and it’s safe to say that this piece has done just that.
Initially, no one knew how the art piece was put there or even by who—until a video surfaced online under the Instagram account “Aerosol Jezus” of masked individuals carrying the art piece up to the top of Runyon Canyon.
The controversial statue has since disappeared, but the mysterious group of artists teased on their Instagram that there was a “Moment 2” in store. In a message sent out on May 26, the artists stated that coordinates revealing where you can catch their next piece would be sent out on Sunday. In order to have received the location, you had to sign up for their text message updates found on their Instagram bio.
The exact coordinates were 33.9910195, -118.4681551—which was an alley found in Venice. The message also stated for onlookers to be there at 2P.M. Below are photos of their second installation.
Their second installation depicts mannequins looking down on their cell phone then they suddenly morph into different positions and poses. It’s a piece that’s certainly up for interpretation.
Surrounding the line of mannequins are statuesque heads of Mark Zuckerberg. One thing is for certain, these artists are looking to make a statement.
We’re not sure what these local artists have planned next, but we’re certainly intrigued. Be sure to check back here for updates!