The giant flower that sprouted Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles isn't a reminder that warm weather is here. It's a reminder that the Cold War is not.
Sculptor Michael Tansey climbed 30 feet into the air to convert an abandoned air raid siren at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street into a huge yellow daffodil.
The sirens were installed in the 1950s to warn of potential enemy attack. For decades they were tested on the last Friday of the month with synchronized wailing that echoed across the city at 10 a.m. But by 1985 the sirens had begun falling into disrepair and officials ordered them disconnected. Because of the cost, the city never took them down, however.