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Team That Saved Chicken Boy To be Honored With Preservation Award

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 08:33AM
Chicken Boy Courtesy of Amy Inouye

Chicken Boy on Broadway before it was moved away in 1984.

The team that saved Chicken Boy will be honored with a 2010 Governor’s Historic Preservation award, joining other projects that contribute "historic preservation endeavors” throughout the State of California.

That’s a long way from 1984 when Amy Inouye first rescued the 22-foot fiberglass man-chicken holding a bucket over Broadway between 4th and 5th. Chicken Boy was kept in storage until 2007, when Inouye had it placed on her Highland Park studio.

“I refer to this as an art installation,” says Inouye. “It is also tied in to Historic Route 66 and roadside Los Angeles.”

The list of preservation projects and advocates awarded includes homeowners Joe DeMarie and Madeleine Brand for the Bubeshko Apartments in Silver Lake, the City of Los Angeles for the SurveyLA Public Participation Program, and Fiddletown Preservation Society and Garavaglia Architecture for rehabilitation of historic Chinese structures in California’s Gold Rush country.

Honorees will be received by Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado Friday, November 19, at the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento.

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