I met Eric after spotting the fabulous pink bathroom from Villa Basque on flickr… then moved to the whole photo set… which was taken by Eric aka Jericles Cat. He then sent me this terrific photo of him and his partner Phil. This is their LA loft – which is tended over the wonderful salvaged Sunset Palms motel sign. Eric also then found a vintage photo of the original place. Isn’t the sign against the orange wall great!
Click thru for Eric’s story — and a photo of the original Sunset Palms motel –>
Here’s Eric’s story:
I saved it when the motel changed owners. I was unemployed at the time and plenty of opportunities to go to the motel site and bug the new owners, “Where’s the sign?,” “What sign company did you hire?,” “I’d like to save it, where is it?” I finally wore them down and they gave the name of the sign company. I looked them up and was there an hour later, bravely driving to the back of their yard and loading the sign into my truck. Once I had every letter (and this is a two sided motel sign so I have two copies of the lettering), someone finally approached me. I told the woman I’m saving the sign for a museum exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) in downtown LA which was partially true and then I drove off.
Years later I finally have a wall to show off the whole thing. A portion of the other side of it is on display at MONA, so I wasn’t really lying about my noble intentions after all.
(I asked Eric at one point if he got the sign dumpster diving. He answered): Dumpster diving! Yep, that account for a good quarter of my art and furniture…
Thanks, Eric. Keep up the good work! Oh, and I meant to ask: What happened to M-O-T-E-L x2?