Last summer a mysterious Tea House appeared on a peak in Griffith Park. The structure, which captivated Angelenos when it first appeared, was secretly installed overnight by a collective of anonymous artists. Now the beloved guerrilla art installation has found a new temporary home atop Knoll Hill in San Pedro, CA. This time it’s publicly sanctioned by the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Cultural Affairs, so the tea house doesn’t have to worry about getting shut down.
Knowing that the teahouse gets to live on has been worth the bureaucracy for the artists — even if it hasn’t been as interesting as figuring out how to build a guerrilla structure in Griffith Park in the middle of the night. The new home on Knoll Hill offers beautiful views of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the Western Hemisphere.
The artists have also worked with the parks department to mark the spot where the teahouse once stood in Griffith Park. They have built a simple wooden bench out of redwoods destroyed in the 2007 fire (the same materials used to construct the teahouse). The bench, like the teahouse, offers broad views of Glendale and the San Gabriel Mountains.
The Tea House is already installed on Knoll Hill, but the official Grand Opening is this Saturday, March 5, at 4pm. The opening celebration will include artists from San Pedro’s Machine Community Studios and a sunset concert by the California Fleetwarmers. The installation will wind down with a performance by the Golden State Pops Orchestra and a Closing Tea Ceremony on March 20 at 4pm. Bring your own teacup.