If you drive down North Figueroa Street in the Highland Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, you’ll see a giant statue. Right there, up high on a roof—between a Mexican restaurant and a wellness center—is Chicken Boy. You can’t miss him; he presides over the street.
Our latest episode of Burnt Toast tells the story of this 22-foot tall fried chicken mascot that became the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles—and one artist’s decades-long quest to find him a new home.
It’s a tale of feeling like an outsider in a new city, of car city Los Angeles, and the dwindling era of Googie architecture. By the end, we bet you might want your own chicken boy T-shirt, too. (Find your own here.)
Download the episode here—or stream it below. And hit "subscribe" to get each new episode downloaded to your phone automatically. Read on for photos of Chicken Boy in his original home, his rescue mission, and Amy, the artist who saved him—all of which are detailed in the episode.
The Broadway Chicken Boy again—human with camera for scale.
I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.