VENICE BEACH — Looking for a memento of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ history?
Model replicas are for sale of the Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, which initially was painted the rainbow colors of LGBTQ pride as a temporary art installation, but became the first queer monument approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Miniature figures, which cost $49, are available as ready-to-assemble modeling kits that include 10 pieces of laser cut chipboard, mounted collar paper, super glue, and an assembly manual.
Once assembled, replicas stand 9-by-11-by-1-inches.
All proceeds will go toward Camp Lightbulb, a summer camp for LGBTQ youth.
The Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower was originally a public art installation to help kickoff Venice Beach Pride in June. It was intended to be a temporary display, but by late July, about 11,000 people had signed an online petition to save the rainbow-colored structure.
In September, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved preserving lifeguard tower and making it a memorial to Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man elected to the council.