Granted, North Hollywood is a strange place, with its NoHo Arts District with all the professional theaters and art galleries and professional dance studios, and the largest concentration of music recording venues west of the Mississippi. And North Hollywood is home to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. But it's still just another scruffy Los Angeles suburb in the flat, hot and dusty San Fernando Valley, where the American Dream went to die in some combination of boredom and despair its not Hollywood at all.
But they try. At the intersection of Lankershim and Huston Street they added this, the NoHo Gateway by LA artist Peter Shire. It's playful in a workmanlike kind of way and, obviously, promotional this is civic art, after all. The NoHo Arts Council said the goal of the installation was to improve the street's appeal, so we're not talking high concept. What you get is a bit of Mirσ and a bit of Alexander Calder and a bit of Valley Girls and Fast Times at Ridgemont High filmed nearby and references to movies, television and theaters and such. It'll do.