|Griffith Park Carousel
Los Angeles, CA
July 30, 2009
|It's been quite a few years since I visited the carousel at Griffith Park. It was in the process
of being restored, or at least repainted. Well, that project is still in progress, or a new project
has started. All of the animals showed a lot of wear with a lot of chips in the paint. The
chariots, rounding boards and other scenery are in comparable condition. The building
seemed to be holding up well. Some of the rounding boards were in various stages of being
refinished and repainted (as you'll see in the photos). It's really a shame to see this carousel
in such a state.
Aside from the fact that this carousel shows a lot of wear, it seems to be in good operational
I remember when the fires were in the hills around Griffith Park and the carousel was in
danger of burning. When the fires were extinguished, I felt obligated to call, and was
pleased to learn that the carousel was still standing, and hope it will remain so for many
decades to come.
|As you can see from the photos below, the restoration is certainly in progress. It appears
the first photo is cleaned and sanded and ready to be painted. The top right photo has the
scenery and some of the border painted. The photo below that and to the left is more
complete, followed by the bottom-right photo that shows a completed panel.
The bottom two photos are of the chariots. As you can see, they, too, are being restored. I
live close enough that I can put this in my plans next year to pay them another visit, and
hopefully see the finished product.