6201 Winnetka Ave
Los Angeles, California 91371
San Fernando Valley
In 1941, John Ehn opened his motel the "Old Trapper's Lodge" at Arvilla Avenue and San Fernando Road near the Burbank Airport and in order to advertise the motel he hired Claude Bell (famous for the Cabazon dinosaurs
) to build a roadside sculpture. Simply through careful observation of the work, John learned how to work in concrete. From 1951 to his death in 1981, John Ehn peopled the grounds of his hotel with a concrete cast of characters straight out of American Western folklore and mythology (with faces cast from Ehn's own family).
The motel was made a California State Historical Landmark in 1984. Several years later the motel and grounds were destroyed to make way for airport expansion and the statues ended up on the grounds of Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
The statues are on the western side of the campus; located north of El Rancho Drive and just east of the stables. The college only provides the grounds; every couple of years the statues are repainted and maintained by mysterious volunteers.