National Chicken Boy Day
Chicken Boy is a statue located on North Figueroa Street in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles. The statue is 22-vfeet tall and made of fiberglass. Chicken Boy was originally built in the 1960s for the Chicken Boy Fried Chicken Restaurant, which was in Downtown Los Angeles on Broadway.
A company called International Fiberglass Company that was known for making statue of Paul Bunyan and Muffler Man, was hired to make a statue for the Chicken Boy Fried Chicken Restaurant. They put a chicken head instead of a man’s head on the body and put a bucket of chicken in his arms instead of an ax like Paul Bunyan.
The statue stayed at the restaurant until 1984 until the restaurant owner died.
The statue was given to artist Amy Inouye. She kept it in storage until 2007, when she decided to move the Chicken Boy statue to 5558 North Figueroa Street on top of her studio called, Future Studio Design & Gallery, that actually sells chicken novelty items, where it remains until this day. The Chicken Boy statue was preserved as a result of community effort and donated funds.
The statue was recognized by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2010. Learn more about Chicken Boy here. Chicken Boy is also nicknamed the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.”
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