The Rocky and Bullwinkle statue located on the Sunset Strip, narrowly escaped falling victim to a car collision yesterday morning. The famous statue was caught in the crossfire of a three-car accident at the busy intersection where Holloway Drive and Sunset Boulevard connect to the main strip.
One of the cars careened into the corner island. The 14-foot, 700-pound likeness of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose was unscathed. However, the plants were destroyed and there is a scuff mark on the actual pedestal from the impact.
“I was driving by… It looked like a 3-car crash,” said eyewitness Jon D’Amico.
“There was debris everywhere. Another car out of frame was being towed. I don’t think anyone was hurt.”
D’Amico believes the accident occurred in the early morning hours on Tuesday, December 1st. “I took the photo at 10:24am yesterday,” he said. “The cops were already there and a tow truck had a car already hooked up. Someone was directing traffic around the debris. There was a lot. They hadn’t had a chance to clean that up yet.”
A fully restored Moose and Squirrel made it back home to the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, on February 28, 2020, after being away for about 7 years. The statue of Bullwinkle holding his friend Rocky were last seen on the Strip in 2013.
According to WeHo Arts, The run of Squirrel and Moose ended on Sunset Boulevard on July 22, 2013, when the statue was unexpectedly removed by a crane. Fans feared the statue had been lost forever, but in actuality, the statue was being restored by artist Ric Scozzari with funding from DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox. Later in 2014, the restored statue was unveiled as the center piece of “The Jay Ward Legacy Exhibit” at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
In 2015, the Jay Ward Family gifted the Rocky and Bullwinkle statue to the City of West Hollywood for exhibition on the Sunset Strip. For a short time, the art work was exhibited in the lobby of City Hall before finding its permanent home at the intersection of Sunset and Holloway as an engaging historic and cultural monument. The statue is now a part of the City’s Urban Art collection.
The statue was scheduled to get an unveiling ceremony at the end of March this year, but the coronavirus hit and all public events were cancelled in adherence to the Los Angeles County health department stay at home orders. The statue was unveiled to zero fanfare in an effort to keep people safe.