Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

Ballerina Clown

Map 255 Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90291

Venice plays host to a three story tall ballerina clown!
Venice plays host to a three story tall ballerina clown!

The Ballerina Clown of Venice
The Ballerina Clown of Venice

So you're visiting Venice, California and you forgot your toothbrush at home. Deciding to hit up the nearest CVS Pharmacy, you ask for directions and are told it's under the three story tall ballerina clown.

Yes, that's right, situated above the entrance to CVS Pharmacy, made out of fiberglass, aluminum, and steel, and wearing a ballerina dress is a three story tall hobo clown. It sits at the corner of Main and Rose, above a CVS on a mixed use building consisting of both commercial and residential.

Originally made by Jonathan Borofsky in 1988, the sculpture, consisting of the red nosed head of a hobo clown and the body of a tutu and ballet shoeballerina, is attached to the side of the building. It's right leg is rigged with an electric motor that would allow the clown ballerina to slowly kick, but it's only occasionally turned on since it's apparently noisy, causing the residents to complain. I've heard that it might kick from one to six pm every day.

The Ballerina Clown of Venice
The Ballerina Clown of Venice
The Ballerina Clown of Venice
The Ballerina Clown of Venice

The clown is suppose to capture the "juxtaposition in the neighborhood's complex character". According to Borofsky the artist:


Last Edited: 2019-05-01


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