"L.A.'s single greatest secret."
I’m not sure if this awesome story is well known out in LA, but I had never heard of this until reading about it on GOOD, which they called “L.A.’s single greatest secret.”
On August 5, 2001 in the middle of the day, in an act of public performance and what he called “Guerilla Public Service,” artist Richard Anrkom took into his own capable hands the matter of fixing a poorly labeled and confusing Interstate 5 North freeway directional sign in Los Angeles located “above the chaos of the 110 freeway, precisely on Gantry 23100, just before the 3rd Street overpass on the northbound Pasadena Freeway.” On that day, Anrkom, while wearing a copycat Caltrans uniform and hard hat, replaced the regulation sign with an improved and more informative replica. He eventually leaked the switch to a local newspaper, but due to the sign’s helpful utility, Anrkom’s sign remained in place for eight years before it was replaced during a standard scheduled maintenance the day after Thanksgiving in 2009 and Anrkom’s handiwork, which he had signed on the back, was sent to an aluminum recycling center.
A film of Anrkom installing his sign was recorded by friends, and has been displayed at various art galleries. You can view the sweet video here.