Hunting Bollards in the Wild - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

Hunting Bollards in the Wild

Discover a distinctive feature of car culture in a walking tour guided by the 'World's foremost bollard photographer.'

Los Angeles is a place defined in the popular imagination by its car culture. Where you have cars, you have traffic. And where you have traffic, you have bollards.

Bollards are short posts, often made of concrete, that form obstructions to traffic in order to protect buildings, equipment, and pedestrians. Their use has been traced from ancient Rome, where they doubled as mile markers and tethering posts, to medieval Europe, where captured enemy cannons were placed in the ground to signify success on the battlefield.

In this urban adventure, we will join artist Andrew Choate, a.k.a. @saintbollard, on a walking tour to explore the history of bollards and to discover a wide variety of these formations.

Born and raised in South Carolina, Andrew Choate has been living and working in Los Angeles since 2001. His visual work has been exhibited in various locations around the world and he is the author of multiple books, including Learning (Civil Coping Mechanisms/Writ Large, 2018). Choate's writings on music and art have been published in The Wire, Signal to Noise, The Attic, among many others. As @saintbollard, Andrew Choate photographs and organizes performances and tours around bollards, which led Slate to declare him "The world's foremost bollard photographer."


  • This is a two-mile walking tour. Water and protective sun wear are encouraged.
  • Meet on the sidewalk in front of Cafe Tropical at 2900 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
  • Street parking is available, please read signs carefully, and park at your own discretion.
  • There are no restroom facilities available during this tour.
  • Photography is encouraged! Tag @atlasobscura and @saintbollard.
  • Rain or shine! This tour will run as scheduled unless we're expecting dangerous weather in which case we will cancel via email. Tickets will be refunded or transferred to a rescheduled date, depending on your availability.


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