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"Back in the 20s and 30s of the last century, the LA Zoo housed not only "zoo" animals, but also those retired from performance. As such, the zoo enclosures often had bizarre things, like tightropes, in the animal enclosures. I found several photos of lions on tightropes in the old LA Zoo at the LA Library photo archive and they have inspired many of my works, including the mural in the background of this photo (which also shows a copy of the library photo). This mural is located at 806 Mateo, LA."
"Back in the 20s and 30s of the last century, the LA Zoo housed not only "zoo" animals, but also those retired from performance. As such, the zoo enclosures often had bizarre things, like tightropes, in the animal enclosures. I found several photos of lions on tightropes in the old LA Zoo at the LA Library photo archive and they have inspired many of my works, including the mural in the background of this photo (which also shows a copy of the library photo). This mural is located at 806 Mateo, LA."