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A photograph in the Jan. 26, 1967, issue of the Park Labrea News showed the statue of a mammoth being installed in front of the La Brea Tar Pits along Wilshire Boulevard. The statue was part of an outdoor exhibit illustrating how the Pleistocene-era mammals became trapped in the sticky tar. Sculptor Howard Bell was shown with his creation, nicknamed “old grayback” according to the accompanying article. The statue is part of a family of mammoths that remain today at the side of the lake at the front of the Tar Pits. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is currently undergoing a multiyear re-envisioning process that will lead to a transformation of the property in the years to come. Plans call for the mammoth family to remain at the site as part of the future project.
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