Udon II was created specifically for a billboard in Sawtelle Japantown in Los Angeles. Also known as ‘Little Osaka,’ this historic area is filled with all sorts of Asian culinary delights. I’ve been going to Sawtelle for many years, and while waiting in line for ramen, I would always feel oppressed by the vulgar advertisements looming overhead on this one particular billboard. So, using my own resources, I placed Udon II at Sawtelle Boulevard between La Grange Avenue and Mississippi Avenue as an homage to the area and the many memories I have from there.
Udon II will be on display until the end of April. If you’d like to see more of James Jean, take a look at his last work, a sculpture that was created for the 20th anniversary of Staple.