Hunting Bollards in the Wild

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, you will join me, @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, I’ve been living and working in Los Angeles since 2001. My visual work has been exhibited in various locations around the world and I’m the author of multiple books, including Learning (Civil Coping Mechanisms/Writ Large, 2018). As @saintbollard, I photograph and organize performances and tours around bollards, which led Slate to declare that I’m “the world’s foremost bollard photographer.”

Capacity is limited, send me a message to sign up

December 21st and 22nd, 2019 – 11am each day


  • 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.




  • Hunting Bollards in the Wild

    December 21, 2019 11:00 amDecember 22, 2019
    Meet in front of Café Tropical

    A bollard walking and hunting tour

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  • Hunting Bollards in the Wild

    November 10, 2019 10:00 amNovember 10, 2019
    Outside Café Tropical

    A bollard-based walking tour

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  • Bollards and the Comedy of Hyperindustrialisation

    February 22, 2019 7:30 pmMarch 25, 2019
    Auckland, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Dunedin New Zealand

    Multiple performances as part of three New Zealand Fringe Festivals

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  • Year of the Bollard

    December 31, 2018 5:30 pmDecember 31, 2018
    Rhizome 6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

    Performing with new poems and images

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  • Hunting Bollards in the Wild

    December 15, 2018 11:00 amDecember 15, 2018
    Meet outside Café Tropical at 2900 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

    A bollard walking tour

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  • In Situ Zine IS002 Opening Exhibition

    February 17, 2018 7:00 pmFebruary 27, 2018
    Hampden Rd & Stirling Hwy Nedlands WA 6009 Australia

    Group exhibition at the University of Western Australia celebrating artists featured in issue IS002

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  • Bollards in Place: Konfrontationen 38

    July 20, 2017 6:00 pmJuly 23, 2017
    Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Untere Hauptstraße 13, Nickelsdorf, Austria

    Solo Exhibition of @saintbollard photos from July 20-23 during Konfrontationen 38

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  • Outernational Days - Bollards In/Action

    July 7, 2017 6:06 pmJuly 9, 2017
    Uranus Garden, Strada Uranus 144, București, Romania

    Solo exhibition of @saintbollard photos during Outernational Days 2

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  • Hunting Bollards in the Wild

    March 7, 2017 6:00 pm
    2900 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90026

    I’ll be doing a new bollard tour in Silverlake for Atlas Obscura. This is a great walk with new insights into this overtrampled neighborhood.

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  • Hybrid Series: Reading by Andrew Choate + Music by Jacob Wick Group

    February 10, 2017 7:00 pm
    Pro Arts Gallery

    I’ll be performing new poems for live voice processing and a new bollard projection project at Pro Arts. This performance is part of their Hybrid series, and will be joyfully followed by a live sextet improvisation by Jacob Wick (trumpet), Guro Moe (doublebass), Owen Stewart-Robinson (guitar), Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (percussion), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto).

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  • Poem, Songs, Photos

    December 22, 2016 7:30 pm
    If Art Gallery

    A Saint Bollard performance of poems, songs, and photos and interactive films.

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  • Live at Open Press 2016

    October 21, 2016 7:00 pm
    Insert Blanc Press

    A performance using screenshots of bollards from TV shows, movies and advertisements in combination with my poems written for vocal effects. More info on Open Press here:

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  • Obscura Day 2016: Hunting Bollards In The Wild

    April 16, 2016 10:00 am
    238 S. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, California, 90033

    Join LA Poet, Andrew Choate, on a walking tour of bollards. You will learn about the history of bollards and discover a wide variety of bollard formations in the context of small and large businesses, the LA River, and Downtown.

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