GRIFFITH PARK — On Tuesday, June 30, a team of unidentified artists set up the Griffith Park Tea House.
At 5 a.m., on the same day, guests were invited to the grand opening. The invitation was on a piece of wood with instructions to get to the tea house. They were told to come to the parking lot of the Griffith Observatory and follow the lights. The guests then received a ceramic teacup with an LED candle.
After following the Charlie Turner Trail and going past Dante’s View to Mt. Bell, visitors arrived at the location. On it stands a tea house in the Japanese tradition, which includes a section devoted to making wishes.
After the 3.7 mile hike, visitors were treated with tea at the grand opening.
The structure was made at a different location and brought to Griffith Park overnight to be assembled. The artists used reclaimed materials, including recovered wood from the 2007 wildfire. The head post bears a symbol of a griffin.
Many visitors have hiked to see the installation since its opening. Actor Misha Collins, from the television show Supernatural, has also visited the tea house.
Since the artists did not receive permission from the LA City Parks to set up this guerilla art piece, a petition has been circulating asking city officials to allow the installation to stay at its current location.
Casey Schreiner of Modern Hiker states that the rangers of Griffith Park said there were no plans of removing the installation as of now.
As of 10 a.m. today, July 2, 2015, the petition has 1,200 signatures.
For detailed directions to the tea house, click here.