The sign in Santa Monica hung over Off-Ramp contributor Hank Rosenfeld like an overdue DWP bill. "Moomat Ahiko." A small mystery he unravelled with the help of a chanteuse. (That's French for beautiful singer.)
It's a 12' x 8', almost 2-ton, polyester resin sculpture made by De Wain Valentine in the 1970s. It encapsulates what "Pacific Standard Time" is all about: it's a groundbreaking piece, made here, and is a bear to take care of.
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