Help memorialize ‘lost Gay Hollywood’

Rendering of the proposed artwork. Submitted by the artist.

Multimedia artist Carl Hopgood wants to memorialize WeHo’s gay hotspots of yore that were casualties of the coronavirus pandemic — The Standard Hotel, Gold Coast, etc. — and he wants you to help pay for it.

What does he have in mind?

A “multimedia public art sculpture combining sound and neon” affixed to the facade of the former Circus of Books (now Chi Chi LaRue’s) on Santa Monica Blvd.

“The names of the iconic gay places we lost will be created in glowing neon lights seemingly falling from the sky from white neon clouds,” Hopgood says.

And what’s the price tag? $100,000.

Hopgood is currently soliciting donations on a Kickstarter page. He has received nearly $3,000 toward his goal with six days left in the fundraiser.

Those wishing to donate can do so here.

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Eddie Egan
5 months ago

One of those iconic places was in Studio City, another closed prior to the pandemic, and two others have not declared themselves permanently closed.

One Only
One Only
5 months ago

An utter waste of money. So many people are suffering and need help. This project is absurd and the fundraising effort deserves to fail.

chloe ross
chloe ross
5 months ago

Where are the bylines? WHo fact checks this stuff.?

Vigilent
Vigilent
5 months ago
Reply to  chloe ross

“All the News that is Fit to Print” was taken seriously not too long ago. That was when journalism was held in high regard with the exception of the smut peddlers. Currently folks without a smidgeon of integrity, seem to be chasing notoriety and/or clicks.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
5 months ago

A porn book store? Really?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
5 months ago

I hope we have not seen the end of Marix but $100,000 seems like a bit much when we still have long lines of people a food distribution sites across Los Angeles and the rest of the United States. If you got an extra hundred dollars maybe giving it to the hungry would be money better spent than bemoaning our local sense of victim-hood.

chloe ross
chloe ross
5 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Bravo.

:dpb
:dpb
5 months ago

This is definitely, NO.

David
David
5 months ago

A “multimedia public art sculpture combining sound and neon” affixed to the facade of the former Circus of Books”. So is this a $100,000 video display?

:dpb
:dpb
5 months ago

Perhaps a bit of research before blowing the neon. Cafe d’ Etoile was not a casualty of COVID-19; alas it was a casualty of love gone wrong. It closed mid-September 2019. I still miss my Friday afternoons there.

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Nacho Sure
Nacho Sure
5 months ago

Nacho fast there, buddy. Have we confirmed the demise of both Basix & Marix as closing for good? Now getting to the bottom of that dish sounds like a good scoop of guac for a story!

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