CowboySpirit.com – A life-size cutout of Clint Eastwood in cowboy garb won’t be the only likeness of a western star to become city property.
In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the City Council approved accepting the donation of five western-inspired art pieces, including the one of Eastwood, from a Los Angeles artist who had originally placed some of the cutouts secretly along the hills above Glendale.
“This is the kind of organic art that I really respond to,” said Councilwoman Laura Friedman. “It was an artist who took it upon himself to have a vision that included Glendale.”
The artist, Justin Stadel, created the cutouts to evoke a feeling of freedom in commuters driving on the Glendale (2) Freeway beneath the hillsides.
As part of the donation package, Stadel plans to also give the city cutouts of John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers riding Trigger, his horse.
Of the five, Annie Oakley is the only one who was an authentic old-west character.
A cutout of Wayne once stood on a hillside overlooking Glendale High School, the star’s alma mater, but was eventually destroyed. The Autry cutout still resides on a hill northwest of the Glendale Sports Complex. The Eastwood statue is set to be placed near the entrance of the complex.