Chairs placed by Eastwood cutout on Calif. trail

Associated Press
A life-sized cardboard cutout of actor Clint Eastwood next to an empty chair is seen overlooking a freeway in Glendale, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. The chair is a reference to Eastwood’s 12-minute speech during last week’s Republican National Convention that drew both criticism and praise for Eastwood. Life-sized cardboard cutouts of Eastwood, John Wayne and Gene Autry have been keeping watch over Glendale for months as part of an effort by Los Angeles resident Justin Stadel to spur a conversation about public art. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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A life-sized cardboard cutout of actor Clint Eastwood next to an empty chair is seen overlooking a freeway in Glendale, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. The chair is a reference to Eastwood’s 12-minute speech during last week’s Republican National Convention that drew both criticism and praise for Eastwood. Life-sized cardboard cutouts of Eastwood, John Wayne and Gene Autry have been keeping watch over Glendale for months as part of an effort by Los Angeles resident Justin Stadel to spur a conversation about public art. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — These days, wherever you see Clint Eastwood, an empty chair is sure to follow. Even if you're on a hike.

A life-sized cutout of a cowboy Eastwood has stood on a trail overlooking a Southern California freeway for months, but on Tuesday a pair of chairs were next to him, one also a cardboard cutout, the other an actual wooden chair.

They're a clear reference to Eastwood's interaction with an imaginary President Obama in an empty chair at the Republican National Convention last week.

Eastwood and the chair have fueled a social media meme that's shown no signs of slowing.

An artist erected the cutouts of Eastwood and other Hollywood western heroes along the trail in Glendale, but it's not clear where the chairs came from.

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