P-22, the “Hollywood Cat” who resides in Griffith Park, is honored in a mural in the Silver Lake – Orange County Register

Artist Corie Mattie, whose street art name is LA Hope Dealer, began painting a mural of P-22, the famous Los Angeles mountain lion, photographed in front of the Hollywood sign and in Hollywood and in the Griffith Park hanging around like a cool Angeleno.

One could say that the lion was sitting for his portrait the day the cougar invaded the artist’s backyard. “It was the wildest thing that ever happened to me,” she says. The lion spent hours in their garden and allowed Mattie to snap a few photos with her phone. She drew a picture of the famous “Hollywood cat” which she posted on social media and it went viral.

The result was a collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation entitled Peace, Love and P-22. The mural she is painting this week on the side of a fitness center called Hype Silverlake is part of the #SaveLACougars campaign.

Featured in National Geographic in 2013, P-22 is isolated by freeways that keep it within nine square miles of Griffith Park. According to the National Park Service, his isolation makes it “unlikely that he will ever find love with a female lion.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/10/04/p-22-the-hollywood-cat-who-lives-in-griffith-park-is-honored-in-a-mural-in-silver-lake/ P-22, the “Hollywood Cat” who resides in Griffith Park, is honored in a mural in the Silver Lake – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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