Saturday, December 20, 2008

Pacific Palisades loses its big orange 76 ball

The distinctive, revolving, retro orange ball high above Jakel's Union 76 service station at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Via de La Paz in Pacific Palisades, California-- the last town before Sunset hits the Pacific Ocean-- has been taken down and replaced with a waist-level sign on the corner.

We saw the excavation work on the edge of the downtown district yesterday and noticed the empty sky while on a pizza run tonight.

The Texas-based ConocoPhillips oil corporation had expressed an intention to destroy all its big orange balls and has in recent years has been opposed by preservation groups.

The ball in Pacific Palisades, a landmark and reminder of the town's traditional atmosphere, had been believed to be safe.


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