Petition Launched to Save Artists’ Surreptitiously Built Griffith Park Teahouse

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A man enjoys the Griffith Park Teahouse on July 2, 2015, two days after it mysteriously appeared overnight. (Credit: Melissa Pamer / KTLA)

A man enjoys the Griffith Park Teahouse on July 2, 2015, two days after it mysteriously appeared overnight. (Credit: Melissa Pamer / KTLA)

It may be a short life for Los Angeles’ Griffith Park Teahouse, the surreptitiously installed artists’ project that materialized on a ridge in the park Monday night and was inaugurated with a dawn ceremony Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, a Twitter feed connected to the anonymous collective of artists who created the teahouse announced that the city’s Department of Recreation & Parks was talking about taking down structure. This quickly resulted in the creation of an online petition, addressed to Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman David Ryu (whose district includes Griffith Park) and former Councilman Tom LaBonge, who previously represented the area, asking them to keep the Griffith Park Teahouse standing.

The message on a wooden table next to the Griffith Park explains its conception. (Credit: Melissa Pamer / KTLA)

The message on a wooden table next to the Griffith Park explains its conception. (Credit: Melissa Pamer / KTLA)

“We’d love for people of L.A. to visit the teahouse and to weigh in on its fate,” said the artists via an email statement. “We view it as a gift to the city and we genuinely hope the city chooses to accept it.”

Whether the parks department is indeed going to remove the guerrilla art project, however, still has not been confirmed. The city agency has not responded to a request for comment on the matter. Likewise, Ryu’s office was unable to comment, since the new councilman was just sworn in this week. (When reached by The Times, some of Ryu’s staff members were standing in line, waiting to be assigned work badges.)

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The Griffith Park Teahouse is seen from Sky5 on the morning of July 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The Griffith Park Teahouse is seen from Sky5 on the morning of July 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The Griffith Park Teahouse is decorated with a hand-carved image of a mythological griffin. In honor of Los Angeles, it is part red-tailed hawk (common to the area) and part mountain lion (like P-22, the famous mountain lion spotted in the area). The creature is shown wearing a tracking collar. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The Griffith Park Teahouse is decorated with a hand-carved image of a mythological griffin. In honor of Los Angeles, it is part red-tailed hawk (common to the area) and part mountain lion (like P-22, the famous mountain lion spotted in the area). The creature is shown wearing a tracking collar. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)