Beginning in World War II and continuing into the Cold War, approximately 200 air raid sirens were constructed in Los Angeles County. On the last Friday of each month, the sirens were tested, sending a chilling reminder of the potential for a nuclear destruction. During the early 1980s, the sirens were shut down, but because of cost, were not dismantled. "Daffodil Metamorphosis", commissioned by a $20,000 grant from the Downtown Cultural Trust Fund of the Community Redevelopment Agency symbolically beats swords into plowshares by visually transforming one of the sirens into a yellow daffodil. Tansey felt that the metamorphosis created "a humorous and uplifting image" of Los Angeles, while serving as a gateway marker to the South Park area of downtown.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, October 1998.
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